Examining the Adoption of Product and Process Innovations in the Canadian Food Processing Industry
Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs
In this paper we study the factors associated with innovation in the food processing industry using a survey of Western Canadian food processors. Our primary motivation is to gain a better understanding of the mechanics of innovation related to the adoption of product and process innovation. In particular, we consider the jointness of ex post realizations of product and process innovations, and assess whether there are underlying differences that result from innovations developed inhouse versus those developed externally by a third party. Using a multivariate probit model, we find evidence of significant interrelationships between product and process innovations that are developed inhouse. These findings suggest that firms that conduct both process and product innovations inhouse are better able to enjoy complementarities that arise in the discovery process. We also find that firms are more likely to innovate in response to keeping pace with competitors.
Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics-Revue Canadienne D Agroeconomie
Brewin, D. G.,
Monchuk, D. C.,
Partridge, M. D.
(2009). Examining the Adoption of Product and Process Innovations in the Canadian Food Processing Industry. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics-Revue Canadienne D Agroeconomie, 57(1), 75-97.
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