External knowledge and innovation – some evidence from pooled cross sections of Nigerian firms

Abiodun Egbetokun, UNU-MERIT

This paper examines the relationship between firm-level innovation in the African context and the use of external sources. Pooling data from the two available waves of the Nigerian innovation survey, the analyses pay particular attention to the complexity and geography of firms’ portfolio of sources. These two aspects are shown to vary in importance over time and at different levels of innovativeness.

About the speaker
Abiodun Egbetokun has been a Researcher at the National Centre for Technology Management, Nigeria since 2005. He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Technology Management from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. His recently completed PhD in Economics at the Friedrich Schiller University, Germany focused on the influence of absorptive capacity and networks on firm-level innovation. More broadly, his research focuses on the management of science, technology and innovation for economic development. He co-edited 'Innovation Systems and Capabilities in Developing Regions' (Gower, 2012) and has published articles in journals such as Technology Analysis and Strategic Management and Journal of Evolutionary Economics.

Venue: Conference Room

Date: 01 April 2014

Time: 13:00 - 14:00  CET