• The effect of internal and external technology sourcing on firm performance throughout the technology life cycle

      Stolwijk, Claire; Vanhaverbeke, Wim; Ortt, J.R.; Pieters, Michiel; Den Hartigh, Erik; Van Beers, Cees (Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 2012)
      In studies about the impact of technology sourcing on firm performance, the impact of the technology life cycle has thus far received scant attention. This paper investigates this topic from the knowledge-based perspective. Data was gathered from 22 PLD (Programmable Logic Device) manufacturers in the integrated circuit industry between 1986 and 2005, and used to test two hypotheses based on panel analysis: (1) that strategic alliance networks, as a mode of external technology sourcing, have a positive effect on a firm's innovative and market performance early in the technology life cycle, and (2) that internal development as a mode of internal technology sourcing has a positive effect on a firm's innovative and market performance later in the technology life cycle. Although both hypotheses are supported as far as market performance is concerned, neither is supported when it comes to innovative performance.