Paolo Pini, Grazia D. Santangelo

The Underlying Internal Learning Processes of Incremental and Radical Innovations. An Analysis in the Emilia-Romagna Region

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This paper investigates whether the introduction of incremental and radical innovation underlies different learning processes in terms of decentralized labor organizational practices, different modes of organizing R&D activity and the nature of employees' competences. By drawing on survey data on manufacturing firms located in the Italian province of Reggio Emilia. The empirical evidence provided points out that incremental innovation seems to be mainly grounded on a problem-solving activity based on "learning by doing" and "learning by using" processes, while in the case of radical innovation a "learning by searching" process seems to be at work.

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