Economics Research Institute Study Paper
Utah State University Department of Economics
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Competition in high technology is increasingly based on rapid innovation. But what conditions quicken innovation? Some suggest innovation is faster in firms with many related organizations located nearby. Others propose relationships with customers and suppliers as key factors in rapid innovation. We attempt to differentiate between these hypotheses. We find that local amenities determine firm location, but not innovation speed. Instead relationships with suppliers and customers are the main determinants of innovation speed.
Echeverri-Carroll, Elsie L. and Hunnicutt, Lynn, "Speed of Innovation in High Technology Firms: Geographic and Organizational Strategies" (2000). Economic Research Institute Study Papers. Paper 209.