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Nature of technology and location effects on firm performance in the US medical device industry

Rao-Nicholson, Rekha; Khan, Zaheer; Akhtar, Pervaiz

Authors

Rekha Rao-Nicholson

Zaheer Khan z.a.khan@kent.ac.uk

Pervaiz Akhtar Pervaiz.Akhtar@hull.ac.uk



Abstract

This paper examines the location effects on firm performance (sales, employment and market value) by analyzing geographical and technological proximities in the US medical device industry. The nature of technology is introduced as a new way to scrutinize the impact of various proximities, and the findings indicate that the geographical and technological proximity in itself does not affect performance, whereas the spatially-mediated technological proximity, characterized by the technological proximity within a cluster, positively influences the performance of medical device firms. The paper addresses an important theoretical question. It consequently contributes to the effects of different proximities and nature of technology on firm performance and provides relative managerial implications interlocked with insights obtained from the medical industry.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2019
Print ISSN 1043-8599
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 5
Pages 498-517
APA6 Citation Rao-Nicholson, R., Khan, Z., & Akhtar, P. (2019). Nature of technology and location effects on firm performance in the US medical device industry. Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 28(5), 498-517. https://doi.org/10.1080/10438599.2018.1536357
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10438599.2018.1536357
Keywords Location; Geographic and technological proximity; Firm performance; Medical device industry
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10438599.2018.1536357

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