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By Olga M. Khessina, Committees Glenn Carroll, Neil Fligstein, John Freeman, Paul Gertler, Bronwyn Hall, David Mowery and Dave Mckendrick

Abstract

The study described in this chapter is a part of the research project directed by Glenn Carroll and David McKendrick, under the auspices of the Information Storage Industry Center, U.C. San Diego, Firms entering an industry de novo (start-up) and firms entering de alio (diversification away from another industry) differ in the initial entry conditions. In this paper, I propose that the differences in resource endowment, previous experience, and structural flexibility between de novo and de alio firms at the time of entry have long-lasting imprinting effects on their innovation behavior. In particular, I predict that de novo firms exert greater efforts and achieve greater technological outcomes in product innovation than de alio firms. Furthermore, I argue that firm entry mode explains additional variance in firm innovative behavior, which is not explained by entrant-incumbent status alone. I find strong empirical support for these predictions when analyzing product innovation of all firms that ever participated in the worldwide optical disk drive industry, 1983-1999. I discuss the implications of my findings for the entrant-incumbent research in the management of innovation literature

Year: 2002
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