Innovation without R&D

Heterogeneous Innovation Patterns of Non-R&D-Performing Firms in the German Manufacturing Industry

  • Oliver Som

About this book


Firms without research and development (R&D) have frequently been neglected by mainstream innovation research. The small number of existing studies provides only fragmented and sometimes even contradictory findings, because they assume that non-R&D-performing firms show a  “typical”, homogeneous innovation pattern. Oliver Som challenges this assumption. Based on current firm-level data of the German  industry, he provides pioneer quantitative evidence of five heterogeneous innovation patterns of non-R&D-performers. The findings impressively underline the need for future innovation research, -management and -policy to extend their view on innovation beyond the scope of R&D.


Manufacturing Industry Reserach&Development

Authors and affiliations

  • Oliver Som
    • 1
  1. 1.KarlsruheGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Gabler Verlag | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2012
  • Publisher Name Gabler Verlag
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-8349-3491-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-8349-3492-5
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