Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation,
Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

No 414: Unraveling the R&D-Innovation-Productivity relationship - a study of an academic endavour

Anders Broström () and Staffan Karlsson
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Anders Broström: CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology, Postal: CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
Staffan Karlsson: Swedish Research Council & Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Abstract: This paper accounts for the development of the academic endavour to determine the firm-level relationship between investments in R&D and productivity. The impact of 28 highly cited publications within this line of study is investigated using a combination of bibliometric techniques and citation function analysis. We show how the attention paid to this line of research broadens and deepens in parallel to the diffusion of innovation as a research theme during 2000s. Our findings also suggest that the attraction of scholarly attention is driven by combination of broadening interest in the central research question under study and boundary-pushing methodological contributions made in the key contributions.

Keywords: innovation; productivity; R&D; citation analysis; bibliometric analysis

JEL-codes: B21; B23; B41; C38; D24

18 pages, June 29, 2015

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