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Heinz Hollenstein

Heinz Hollenstein
ETH Zurich | ETH Zürich · Department of Management, Technology, and Economics

PhD

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Introduction
Heinz Hollenstein currently works at the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics, ETH Zurich. Current projects: a) Determinants of the inter- and the intra-firm diffusion of a large number of digital technologies in total and differentiated by technology groups as well as use in different functional areas within the firm b) Effect of the total and the disaggregated use of digital Technologies on the change of total employment and its composition by 5 categories of qualification.
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February 1995 - February 2002
ETH Zurich
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Bachelor and Master Courses
Education
September 1974 - January 1979
Universität Bern, Switzerland
Field of study
  • Economics and Sociology

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Publications (101)
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The study provides evidence with respect to some topics of inter- and intra-firm diffusion of digital technology so far neglected in research. The analysis is based on a slightly extended version of the encompassing model of Battisti et al. (2009). We use a unique dataset that provides for the entire business sector information on the diffusion of...
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The article aims, in a first part, at identifying a set of innovation strategies of Swiss firms based on data stemming from four waves of the KOF Innovation Survey conducted in the period 1999 to 2008. To this end, we performed a cluster analysis of fifteen innovation indicators that yielded five categories of firms («clusters»), which, with respec...
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Abstract: The article aims, in a first part, at identifying a set of innovation strategies of Swiss firms based on data stemming from four waves of the KOF Innovation Survey conducted in the period 1999 to 2008. To this end, we perform a cluster analysis of fifteen innovation indicators that yields five categories of firms («clusters»), which, wit...
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Abstract The study aims at providing new evidence with respect to the still unresolved question, whether the innovation behaviour of firms reflects industry-specific characteristics (“technological regime approach”), or whether it is the outcome of firm-specific strategies to gaining a competitive edge (“strategic management view”). To this end, we...
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Does the explanatory power of the OLI approach differ among sectors and business functions? Evidence from firm-level data
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As services and goods differ with respect to important characteristics, one may expect that the determinants of internationalisation are not identical for services and manufacturing. Surprisingly, there is practically no firm-level research contrasting the two sectors in this respect. To fill this gap, the authors aim at identifying for the two sec...
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Based on a unique firm-level dataset for Swiss MNEs, this paper characterizes FDI activities located in different host regions. The characterization of the FDI activities is based on information on the parent companies, their foreign subsidiaries and the two-way trade flows between parent companies and foreign affiliates. Concretely, the study prov...
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The objective of this study is to identify the determinants of a firm’s foreign entry mode choice and the relationship between mode selection and firm performance for the specific case of R&D—a topic not yet investigated in entry mode research. Separate estimates of a Heckman selection model for Austria and Switzerland based on comparable firm-leve...
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Based on a unique firm-level dataset for Swiss MNEs, this paper characterizes FDI activities located in different host regions. The characterization of the FDI activities is based on information on the parent companies, their foreign subsidiaries and the two-way trade flows between parent companies and foreign affiliates. Concretely, the study prov...
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Abstract The study seeks to identify the determinants of a firm’s foreign entry mode choice and the impact of mode selection on firm performance for the specific case of R&D – a topic so far not investigated in entry mode research. Separate estimates of a Heckman selection model for Austria and Switzerland, based on comparable firm-level data and v...
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Abstract JEL-No: O31, O33, O38, O43 The Role of Framework Conditions for Innovation Policy The paper sketches three concepts of innovation policy, ie the “basicsoriented”, “application-oriented” and the “mission-oriented” concept. The first and the second one differ in terms of significance and design of framework conditions, which pertain to the...
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The relevance of services FDI strongly increased over the last two decades. As goods and services differ with respect to important characteristics, one may expect that the determinants of internationalisation are not identical in manufacturing and the service sector. However, there is practically no firm-level research contrasting the two sectors i...
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The paper analyzes the relevance of the three constituent elements of the ‘new firm paradigm’, i.e. ICT, workplace organization and human capital, as determinants of a firm’s provision of training. We concentrate on apprenticeship training, which in German-speaking countries is a widespread practice of skill formation. Econometric studies dealing w...
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In this paper, the parent firms’ choice of FDI locations is analyzed based on a unique firm-level dataset for Swiss MNEs. The data allows a detailed characterization of parent companies, their foreign subsidiaries and the two-way trade flows between parent companies and foreign affiliates. In combination with information on the hosts regions of the...
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The paper complements entry mode research by dealing with the choice of alternative modes of governance in the specific case of foreign R&D and its impact on a parent firm’s performance. Firstly, we identify the factors that determine whether a firm locates abroad any R&D activities, and, if it does so, whether it chooses an equity-based rather tha...
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The Role of Framework Conditions for Innovation Policy The paper sketches three concepts of innovation policy, ie the “basicsoriented”, “application-oriented” and the “mission-oriented” concept. The first and the second one differ in terms of significance and design of framework conditions, which pertain to the endowment with intangible infrastruc...
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The aim of this article is to investigate the differences between specific motives of R&D investment in foreign locations with respect to: (i) the factors influencing the likelihood of foreign R&D and (ii) the impact of foreign presence on the parent firms' innovativeness and productivity. An econometric analysis of Swiss firm panel data (period 20...
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The aim of this paper is to investigate the differences between specific motives of R&D investment in foreign locations with respect to the factors influencing the likelihood of foreign R&D and to the impact of foreign presence on the parent firms' innovativeness and productivity. An econometric analysis of Swiss firm panel data shows, firstly, tha...
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The aim of the paper is, firstly, to identify a number of strategies Swiss firms pursue by performing foreign R&D, expecting that firms, in many instances, are driven by a combination of several motives (“mixed strategies”). Secondly, we ask whether foreign and domestic R&D are substitutes or complements. Thirdly, we draw some policy conclusions. B...
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The aim of the paper is, firstly, to identify a number of strategies Swiss firms pursue by performing foreign R&D, expecting that firms, in many instances, are driven by a combination of several motives (“mixed strategies”). Secondly, we ask whether foreign and domestic R&D are substitutes or complements. Thirdly, we draw some policy conclusions. B...
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Firstly, we investigated the determinants of a) the propensity of Swiss firms to provide apprenticeship training, and b) the intensity of training (measured by the employment share of apprentices). We primarily were interested in the relevance as explanatory factors of the three constituent elements of the “new firm paradigm” that emerged in the co...
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The paper aims at a joint analysis of inter-and intra-firm diffusion of technology, taking as an example E-selling and E-purchasing. The analysis is based on an encompassing model of diffusion, drawn from the literature, which is extended by considering technology-specific obstacles and benefits of adoption. As hypothesised, we find, first, that th...
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The aim of the paper is, firstly, to identify a number of strategies Swiss firms pursue by performing foreign R&D, expecting that firms, in many instances, are driven by a combination of several motives (mixed strategies). Secondly, we ask whether foreign and domestic R&D are substitutes or complements. Thirdly, we draw some policy conclusions base...
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The paper aims at a joint analysis of inter-and intra-firm diffusion of technology, taking as an example E-selling and E-purchasing. The analysis is based on an encompassing model of diffusion, drawn from the literature, which is extended by considering technology-specific obstacles and benefits of adoption. As hypothesised, we find, first, that th...
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This paper investigates whether FDI in R&D are substitutes or complements in the Swiss case, which may be of interest for other countries as well since Switzerland is a forerunner in the internationalisation of R&D. In a first step we identify, using cluster analysis, four groups of firms (“clusters”) that are as homogenous as possible in terms of...
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This paper attempts to at least partially redress a paucity of current literature on the joint analysis of inter and intra firm diffusion of innovations within as well as across countries. In particular, by using two data sets derived from independent country-specific surveys, it undertakes an international comparison of inter and intra firm diffus...
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This paper investigates empirically the importance of technological catch-up in explaining productivity growth in a sample of countries since the 1960s. New proxies for a country's absorptive capability--based on data for students studying abroad, telecommunications and publications--are tested in regression models. The results indicate that absorp...
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This paper investigates empirically the importance of technological catch-up in explaining productivity growth in a sample of countries since the 1960s. New proxies for a country's absorptive capability--based on data for students studying abroad, telecommunications and publications--are tested in regression models. The results indicate that absorp...
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In this paper we econometrically investigate the factors determining the choice of a specific internationalisation strategy. We distinguish four strategies, ranging from “serving foreign markets through exports only” up to “exporting and locating abroad several business functions such as distribution, production and R & D”. These strategies are eva...
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The paper aims at explaining empirically timing and intensity of a firm's adoption of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) using a large sample of firms. The analysis is based on the rank and the epidemic model of technology adoption. The explanatory variables include many dimensions of anticipated benefits from and costs of technology...
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The paper aims at explaining empirically the diffusion of E-commerce based on two largescale sample surveys conducted in the Swiss economy. The paper adds to previous work in two ways: firstly, we estimate separate models for E-selling and E-purchasing, and, secondly, we distinguish between inter-firm diffusion (i.e. technology adoption) and intra-...
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The paper aims, firstly, at explaining the decision of firms to adopt ICT. To this end, we present econometric estimates of a basic and extended version of a model of adoption, where the second approach investigates the role of new workplace organisation in adoption decisions. The second goal of the analysis is to derive from the model estimates a...
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The aim of this paper is, firstly, to contribute to the understanding of innovation patterns in services. To this end, firms which are similar in terms of a large set of innovation indicators were grouped into clusters. For the Swiss case, it was possible to identify five clusters which exhibit clearly different configurations of a large number of...
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Abstract The paper investigates empirically the decision of firms,to adopt,Information and Communica- tion Technologies (ICT) based on a comprehensive,specification of a „rank model“ of technology adoption (complemented ,by “epidemic ,effects”) using firm-level data for the Swiss business sector. The explanatory variables include numerous ,dimensio...
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This paper describes the approach applied and the results of an evaluation of the effects of the Swiss government programme to promote the diffusion of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) from 1990 to 1996. The method used is based on specifying and econometrically estimating with firm data simultaneously an adoption equation which, besides t...
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This chapter explores the impact of knowledge capital (computed on the basis of firm patent counts and R&D expenditures, respectively) and patent, as well as R&D spillovers, on total factor productivity at the firm level for Swiss manufacturing in the usual setting of a Cobb-Douglas production function. We introduce spillovers from R&D or patents b...
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The paper investigates empirically the decision of firms to adopt 'Advanced Manufacturing Technologies' (AMT) based on a comprehensive specification of a 'rank model' of technology adoption using firm-level data for Swiss manufacturing. The explanatory variables include numerous dimensions of (anticipated) benefits from and costs of technology adop...
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In this study we investigate the determinants of R&D activities of Swiss firms abroad and discuss the resulting explanation pattern in the light of the debate taking place at the time in economics with respect to the possibility of a positive (complementarity hypothesis) or a negative impact (substitutionality hypothesis) of internationalization of...
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The meeting had the following agenda: On Sunday, 1 October we had a meeting which was dedicated to Module 1 (completion and further exploitation of the second phase). Participants: Jesper Christensen (DEN), Anker Lund Vinding (DEN), Andreas Schibany (AUT), Svend Remoe (OECD) The following topics were discussed: -A draft version of the paper related...
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Most empirical studies on innovative activity are based on a single (or a very small number of) indicator(s), a procedure not appropriate in view of the complexity of the innovation process. Therefore, in a perspective of ranking firms or industries according to their innovation intensity, we develop a composite measure of a firm's innovativeness b...
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The competitiveness of the Swiss economy depends in a crucial way on a high level of the firms' innovative activities. In this perspective we compare, first, the innovation performance of the manufacturing sector with other highly developed countries using a whole set of innovation indicators. Secondly, the firms' innovation intensity is analyzed b...
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The general objective of this study is to explain empirically the innovation behaviour of Swiss manufacturing firms, drawing on the main theoretical arguments put forward in industrial economics with respect to this subject. In this way, we hope to add to already available empirical knowledge on the innovation-generating activities of industrial fi...
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Most empirical studies on innovative activity are based on a single (or a very small number of) indicator(s), a procedure not appropriate to the complexity of the innovation process. In this study, using factor analysis we develop at the firm level a composite innovation measure which contains the information of a whole set of input-, output- and m...
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The aim of this paper is twofold: In the first part, we try to identify and characterise different types of strategies firms pursue in investing in foreign R&D. To this end we perform, in a first step, a non- hierarchical cluster analysis of data on the firms' motives for R&D investments at foreign locations. In a second step, we characterise the c...