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Innovation as Creative Response. Determinants of Innovation in the Swedish Manufacturing Industry, 1970-2007

Taalbi, Josef LU (2014) In Lund Studies in Economic History 67.
Abstract
This doctoral thesis examines the driving forces of product innovations in the Swedish manufacturing industry during the period 1970-2007. Specifically it examines whether and how innovations have been the creative response to positive factors, such as new opportunities and obstacles related to their exploitation, and negative factors, such as economic, environmental and organizational problems. To this end, a newly constructed database, SWINNO, containing more than 4000 innovations is explored. Using this database, the thesis studies the determinants of innovation activity in firms, industries, in development blocks and on the macro-level. The results point to the existence of two main patterns. Innovations aimed to solve economic,... (More)
This doctoral thesis examines the driving forces of product innovations in the Swedish manufacturing industry during the period 1970-2007. Specifically it examines whether and how innovations have been the creative response to positive factors, such as new opportunities and obstacles related to their exploitation, and negative factors, such as economic, environmental and organizational problems. To this end, a newly constructed database, SWINNO, containing more than 4000 innovations is explored. Using this database, the thesis studies the determinants of innovation activity in firms, industries, in development blocks and on the macro-level. The results point to the existence of two main patterns. Innovations aimed to solve economic, environmental and organizational problems have culminated during the 1970s, reflecting the deep economic, social and environmental character of the structural crisis. Firms in crisis struck industries responded by developing new products. Some of these innovations have been parts of development blocks solving obstacles to the introduction of emission control and renewable energy technologies. Innovations exploiting opportunities have culminated in the mid-1980s and towards the beginning of the 2000s. These have formed development blocks surrounding ICT and biotechnology, evolving by way of the exploitation of opportunities and the solution of technological imbalances. Opportunities have been salient driving forces among entrant and incumbent ICT firms, but evidence was also found for a role played by decreases in profitability in inducing search for new products and markets. (Less)
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  • Kleinknecht, Alfred, TU Delft University, Netherlands
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Innovation, creative response, structural change, development blocks, transformation pressure, industrial transformation, manufacturing industry, Sweden
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Lund Studies in Economic History
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67
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360 pages
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Lund University (Media-Tryck)
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EC3:207
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2014-10-03 14:15
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978-91-87793-07-3
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English
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  author       = {Taalbi, Josef},
  isbn         = {978-91-87793-07-3},
  keyword      = {Innovation,creative response,structural change,development blocks,transformation pressure,industrial transformation,manufacturing industry,Sweden},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {360},
  publisher    = {Lund University (Media-Tryck)},
  school       = {Lund University},
  series       = {Lund Studies in Economic History},
  title        = {Innovation as Creative Response. Determinants of Innovation in the Swedish Manufacturing Industry, 1970-2007},
  volume       = {67},
  year         = {2014},
}