KTH/CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation
The impact of open innovation on employee mobility and entrepreneurship
() and Ali Mohammadi
Abstract: Prior research shows that firms can increase their
innovation performance by leveraging external sources of knowledge.
However, insights related to potential drawbacks of open collaborative
approaches for innovation remain scarce. In this paper, we investigate the
relationship between R&D collaboration and the departure of skilled
employees. Highly qualified scientists and engineers who interact with
external partners in the context of R&D collaborations may increase their
outside options, resulting in higher rates of employee mobility to other
firms and employee entrepreneurship. We analyze our research question using
data from the Swedish edition of the Community Innovation (CIS) survey
combined with employer-employee register data. Our econometric analysis
suggests that a stronger use of research collaborations by firms leads to
an increasing number of employee departures. Moreover, we detect
heterogeneity for this relationship with respect to the types of employee
exits and different collaboration partners.
Keywords: R&D employees; Open Innovation; R&D Collaboration; Employee mobility; Employee Entrepreneurship; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J62; O32; (follow links to similar papers)
34 pages, March 1, 2017
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