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Activity Number: 241
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, August 2, 2010 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Business and Economic Statistics Section
Abstract - #308319
Title: Managerial Practices, R&D Activities, and Internationalization Mode in Italian Firms: A Panel Approach
Author(s): Matilde Bini and Margherita Velucchi*+ and Alessandro Zeli and Leopoldo Nascia
Companies: European University of Rome and Università di Firenze and ISTAT and ISTAT
Address: V.le G.B. Morgagni 59, Firenze, International, 50123, Italy
Keywords: Managerial Practices ; Panel Data ; Non-linearities

Recently, the empirical economic literature has focused on the role of managerial practices and R&D activities in fostering firms' performance. In this paper, we analyze this relationship for Italy, accounting not only for firm's specific characteristics, but also for her decisions on R&D strategies and her organizational capabilities, in terms of human capital emphasizing the role of firm's internationalization mode. We use an original panel at a micro level (firm level) from the Italian National Statistical Institute including information from firms' balance sheets, R&D investments, patenting and innovative activity and internationalization strategies for the period 1998-2004. We look for a non-linear impact of managerial strategies and R&D activities on firms' performance to explain large differences in Italian firms' role in international markets.

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