Dr Helen Xia

Lecturer, Loughborough University

Helen's current research includes open innovation and small firms, comparisons of SME innovation strategies and government policies; and emerging science and technology based industries.

Contact Details

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Research Themes

  • Innovation and Exporting

Biography

Dr Helen Xia is a Lecturer in Innovation at Loughborough University. Her current research lies in three main areas: open innovation and small firms, comparisons of SME innovation strategies and government policies and emerging science and technology based industries.

Research Paper

Unpacking open innovation .Research Paper No 19

We explore the relationship between two key aspects of open innovation in small firms – absorptive capacity and external relationships – and their effects on growth in the US and European biopharmaceutical sectors. Results from an international sample of 349 biopharmaceutical firms surveyed in the US, UK, France and Germany suggest that realized absorptive capacity plays an important role in determining firms’ growth. In terms of the interaction between firms’ absorptive capacity and external relationships, we find that engagement with exploratory relationships depends strongly on the continuity of R&D, while participation in exploitative relationships is more conditional on firms’ realized absorptive capacity.

Associated Themes
  • Innovation and Exporting
Research Paper

Innovation, Innovation Strategy and Survival. Research Paper No 17

Innovation has a recognised effect on survival. Undertaking more risky innovation may increase the risk of business failure, while incremental innovation may reduce the risk. This paper investigates how firms’ innovation strategy choices affect the relationship between innovation and firm survival. The research suggests the notion of “survival additionality”, i.e. firms receiving public support derive more persistent benefits from innovation than firms which did not receive public support.

Associated Themes
  • Innovation and Exporting