Innovation, ownership and profitability.(Report) Love, James H.; Roper, Stephen; Du, Jun

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Love, James H. ; Roper, Stephen ; Du, Jun
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International Journal of Industrial Organization
Business, international; Innovations; Business
To link to full-text access for this article, visit this link: Byline: James H. Love (a), Stephen Roper (b), Jun Du (a) Keywords: Innovation; Ownership; Profitability; Quantile regression; Ireland; Northern Ireland Abstract: This paper considers the relationship between innovation, ownership and profitability for a panel of manufacturing plants in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Previous literature suggests that innovators are persistently more profitable than non-innovators, but little is known about how this link is moderated by external versus domestic ownership. We consider the link between innovation and profits separately for indigenous innovators and non-innovators and externally-owned plants. We also consider the determinants of innovation over the distribution of plant-level profitability, and find that the determinants of profitability - including innovation and external ownership - vary over the distribution from low to high profitability plants. We find support for the view that innovators and non-innovators have different profitability determinants, and that the profitability of externally-owned plants depends on very different factors to those of indigenously-owned enterprises. Author Affiliation: (a) Economics and Strategy Group, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK (b) Centre for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK Article History: Received 5 March 2007; Revised 4 April 2008; Accepted 15 November 2008
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