Sitting on the fence: integrating the two worlds of scientific discovery and invention within the firm

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Date and time 22.04.2021 17:00  
Place and room
Zoom
Speaker Lia Sheer (Duke University - Fuqua School of Business)
Category Conferences - Seminars
Lia Sheer (Duke University - Fuqua School of Business)
"Sitting on the fence: integrating the two worlds of scientific discovery and invention within the firm"
Discussant: David Hsu (Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania)

Abstract

Applying a within-firm perspective to the topic of the division of innovative labor, I explore how the organization of scientific discovery at the firm level– specialized or integrated with invention- conditions the firm’s outcomes. Using data on inventors and authors related to U.S. publicly traded scientific firms for the period 1980-2015, I find that integration is related to a tradeoff between short-term applied R&D and long-term fundamental R&D. While integration is beneficial for invention, it has adverse effects on its scientific output, which decrease invention in the long run. I show consistent implications in terms of market value. Finally, I present three main determinants that condition this tradeoff: reliance on science, stage of technology, and market for technology. The paper deepens our understanding of the determinants and tradeoffs associated with the strategic choice of scientific discovery organization.

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