Co-operative ties and innovation:some new evidence for UK manufacturing


Tomlinson, P. R., 2010. Co-operative ties and innovation:some new evidence for UK manufacturing. Research Policy, 39 (6), pp. 762-775.

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Drawing upon survey data from 436 firms, this paper explores the impact of co-operative ties upon levels of innovation (both product and process) in five UK manufacturing industries. Unlike a number of previous studies in this area, the data itself captures both the scale and multi-dimensional nature of both co-operation and innovation. The paper finds evidence to support the hypothesis that vertical cooperative ties are a significant factor in explaining firms' levels of innovative performance. However, the empirical analysis suggests that it is the strength of such ties - and not just their existence - which are important with stronger dyadic relations between firms having a positive and significant impact upon levels of innovation. The analysis also finds that in some sectors, horizontal co-operative ties are (albeit to a lesser extent) also important.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsTomlinson, P. R.
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Uncontrolled Keywordsnetworks,manufacturing,dyadic relations,vertical and horizontal ties,innovation,co-operation
DepartmentsSchool of Management
ID Code19547


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