Exporting and Technological Innovation: Evidence from Southeast Asia
Exporting is imperative for a contemporary business as it enhances firm competitiveness and performance. Previous studies have focused on the link between exporting and innovation. Firms’ innovation is enhanced after entering the export market by absorbing the knowledge of these markets. Nevertheless, there is little evidence in developing economies. In the Southeast Asian context, this relationship has not yet been explored. Thus, this study investigates the role of exports in firm-level technological innovation (product and process innovations) in Southeast Asia. Using a sample of 4,416 manufacturing firms in 2015 and 2016 and a multilevel mixed-effects logistic regression to deal with the hierarchies of the data set, the study finds empirical evidence that involvement in exporting activities can spur corporate technological innovation. The practical implication emphasizes the support of Southeast Asian governments to encourage exporting activities.
Keywords: Exporting; Process innovation; Product innovation; Southeast Asia
Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Doan, T. N. T., & Chang, C. H. (2022). Exporting and Technological Innovation: Evidence from Southeast Asia. Journal of Entrepreneurship, Business and Economics, 10(1), 277–293.
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