Incentives for Collaboration and Competition

Experimental Evidence on Innovation, Behavior and Performance

  • JonasĀ Heite

Part of the Innovation und Entrepreneurship book series (INNOV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXVIII
  2. Jonas Heite
    Pages 9-43
  3. Jonas Heite
    Pages 45-90
  4. Jonas Heite
    Pages 91-123
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 125-277

About this book


Individuals and firms can improve their performance through collaboration and competition. However, it is still an open question how collaboration and competition schemes can be optimally designed and incentivized in order to exploit their full potential. Jonas Heite investigates this question by assessing efforts to stimulate R&D collaboration and by examining properties as well as underlying mechanisms (e.g., effort, risk, confidence and stress) of ability configurations in contests. Based on three large-scale economic studies covering laboratory, field and natural experiments, the author applies novel and sophisticated econometric methods to provide causal empirical evidence that yields important implications for policymakers, managers and researchers.


  • Subsidized R&D collaboration: The effect of innovation vouchers on innovation activity and performance
  • Choking under pressure: The effect of asymmetric contests on effort, stress and performance
  • Performance in contests: The role of risk and confidence
Target Groups
  • Researchers and students in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship, behavioral (neuro-)economics and organizational science
  • Managers, practitioners and policymakers in the fields of research and development, strategic business management, organizational design and digitization
The Author

Dr. Jonas Heite completed his dissertation under supervision of Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, the LMU Entrepreneurship Center and Harvard University.


Innovation Vouchers R&D subsidies Individual behavior and stress in heterogeneous contests Contest design Regression discontinuity design Crowdsourcing

Authors and affiliations

  • JonasĀ Heite
    • 1
  1. 1.MunichGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-29230-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-29231-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2627-1168
  • Series Online ISSN 2627-1184
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