Designers as determinants for aesthetic innovation

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The innovation literature states that scientists are core ingredients in creating technological innovations. This paper investigates whether the hiring of a designer generates aesthetic innovations by a firm. Further we investigate what the level of design knowledge of the receiving firm means for the firms’ absorptive capacity, in terms of turning the hiring of the designer into aesthetic innovations. We explore a unique dataset containing information on firms, their hiring of designers and aesthetic innovations measured by design applications (design patents). Our findings show that hiring a designer does increase firms’ likelihood of producing aesthetic innovations. Secondly, firms with prior experience of aesthetic innovations are more likely to apply for design registrations. Thirdly, there is a positive moderating effect of firms with prior experience of generating aesthetic innovations on the effect of hiring a designer on aesthetic innovation outcome.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2015
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventDRUID15 Conference: The RELEVANCE of INNOVATION - LUISS, Rome , Italy
Duration: 15 Jun 201517 Sep 2015
Conference number: 2015


ConferenceDRUID15 Conference

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