Intellectual property strategies and firm growth : evidence from Finnish small business data

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dc.contributor.author Heikkilä, Jussi
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-08T19:25:41Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-08T19:25:41Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201205081628 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/37793
dc.description.abstract The goal of this study is to shed light on the relationship between intellectual property (IP) strategies and firm growth. In brief, IP strategies are means of capturing returns on innovation investments. Employment effects and sales growth effects of innovations have been studied extensively in both theoretical and empirical economic literature but prior research has seldom included IP strategies into the analysis. There is little knowledge, whether there exists growth rate differences among firms that use different IP strategies and do patenting firms effectively demonstrate stronger growth than their non-patenting counterparts. Present study considers IP strategies as potential firm growth determinants. Available data enables studying relation between firm growth and four IP strategies (patents, secrecy, speed and complements) among innovative Finnish small businesses. The small business perspective is important because previous studies have suggested that the patent system favors large companies at the cost of smaller firms. The data consists of merged survey and financial statement data of 469 innovative Finnish small businesses. The surveys were carried out in the beginning of millennium and employment and turnover figures cover years 2001-2010 and 2001-2009 respectively. Findings provide evidence that between 2001 and 2008 the turnover growth rates of sample firms differed statistically significantly between firms, which utilized different IP strategies. During the period patenting firms had statistically significantly higher turnover growth rates than firms relying on secrecy-based strategies and firms, which reported not to use any IP strategies. However, the difference in turnover growth rates between patenting firms and firms using “Open”-strategies (speed and/or complements) was not statistically significant. The results indicate that patenting may have provided competitive advantage for innovative small firms during 2001-2008 but the advantage was not significant in comparison to firms, which relied on speed and complements.
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject.other intellectual property strategy
dc.subject.other innovation returns
dc.subject.other firm growth
dc.subject.other employment effect of innovation
dc.subject.other innovation policy
dc.subject.other incentives to innovate
dc.subject.other IPR system
dc.subject.other patent system
dc.title Intellectual property strategies and firm growth : evidence from Finnish small business data
dc.type Book en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201205081628
dc.subject.ysa innovaatiot
dc.subject.ysa tuotto
dc.subject.ysa yritykset
dc.subject.ysa kasvu
dc.subject.ysa työllisyysvaikutukset
dc.subject.ysa innovaatiopolitiikka
dc.subject.ysa immateriaalioikeus
dc.subject.ysa patenttijärjestelmät
dc.type.dcmitype Text en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu fi
dc.type.ontasot Master’s thesis en
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Jyväskylän yliopiston kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics en
dc.contributor.yliopisto University of Jyväskylä en
dc.contributor.yliopisto Jyväskylän yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.oppiaine Economics en
dc.contributor.oppiaine kansantaloustiede fi
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