Working Paper BETA #2007-28

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Title : Organisation of Innovation in High-Tech Industries: Acquisitions as Means for Technology Sourcing

Author(s) : Marcus Wagner

Abstract : Innovation activities in the semiconductor industry provide considerable challenges for technology and innovation management. In particular, firms frequently face make-or-buy decisions and such decisions have considerable management implications. The semiconductor industry has a long history of radical innovations which are taking place through distinct industry cycles of high and low demand. The paper investigates these issues based on database searches and quantitative, and the paper analyses empirically the reasons for make or buy decisions with regard to innovation and the level of acquisition activities of innovative small firms.

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