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It is commonly accepted nowadays that external knowledge sources are important for firms' innovative performance. However, it is still not clear, what dimensions of firms' external knowledge search strategy are crucial in determining their innovation success and whether these search strategies are contingent on different innovation modes. In this paper, the authors analyze how the innovative performance is affected by the scope, depth, and orientation of firms' external search strategies. They apply this analysis to firms using STI (Science, Technology and Innovation) and DUI (Doing, Using and Interacting) innovation modes.
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