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Title: A comparative study of innovation behaviour in Singapore's KIBS and manufacturing firms
Authors: Wong, P.K. 
He, Z.-L.
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: Wong, P.K., He, Z.-L. (2005). A comparative study of innovation behaviour in Singapore's KIBS and manufacturing firms. Service Industries Journal 25 (1) : 23-42. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: While most services innovation studies are concentrated on the OECD or EU countries, research on services innovation in the non-OECD context is still rare. This study investigates innovation behaviour of a certain group of services - knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS), compared with the manufacturing sector in Singapore. The main findings of this study are: (1) KIBS firms have higher innovating ratio than manufacturing firms, but innovating manufacturing firms are more likely to do R&D than innovating KIBS firms; (2) KIBS firms have higher human capital intensity, training spending intensity, innovation spending intensity, and R&D spending intensity than manufacturing firms; (3) KIBS firms and manufacturing firms have similar innovation objectives, although some delicate nuances do exist; (4) KIBS firms are less likely to have overseas partners for innovation collaboration than manufacturing firms; (5) there is a U pattern of innovation collaboration with geographic distance for both KIBS and manufacturing firms; (6) social capitals are important for KIBS firms' successful provision of innovation support to manufacturing clients; (7) the importance of spatial proximity varies over different phases of innovation suppport. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Source Title: Service Industries Journal
ISSN: 02642069
DOI: 10.1080/0264206042000302397
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