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A Study of Inventors

Incentives, Productivity, and Mobility

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Part of the Innovation und Entrepreneurship book series (INNOV)

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About this book


Human capital is one of the main sources of sustainable competitive advantage of firms. However, employees can move to another firm taking with them part of the knowledge stock of the former employer. Hence, the mobility of key Research & Development (R&D) personnel jeopardizes the innovative ability of a firm and consequently its competitiveness. This poses major challenges to the management of firms, but also to policy makers since innovation has a large share in economic growth and technological leadership of countries.

Karin Hoisl is concerned with innovation processes and the involved inventors. Her focus is on the determinants of inventor productivity, the relationship between inventor mobility and inventor productivity, and the establishment of efficient incentive systems to commit key inventors to the firm. A novel and unique dataset is employed, including information on more than 3 000 German inventors from a recent survey as well as information on almost 40 000 European patents.


Entwicklung Erfinder Innovation Invention Mobilität Patent Produktivität

About the authors

Dr. Karin Hoisl promovierte bei Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Ph.D. am Institut für Innovationsforschung, Technologiemanagement und Entrepreneurship der Universität München. Seit September 2006 ist sie Habilitandin am Lehrstuhl von Prof. Harhoff.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Study of Inventors
  • Book Subtitle Incentives, Productivity, and Mobility
  • Authors Karin Hoisl
  • Series Title Innovation und Entrepreneurship
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Gabler Verlag | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 2007
  • Publisher Name Deutscher Universitätsverlag, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics (German Language)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-8350-0650-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-8350-9492-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 200
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Innovation/Technology Management
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