The role of corporate scientists in innovation

Ryuzo Furukawa, Akira Goto

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We conducted empirical analysis of the role of corporate scientists in Japanese pharmaceutical companies using data on published papers and patent applications. We found that scientists with the highest publication performance scores did not apply for a considerably greater number of patents than other researchers in their companies. Instead, we found that these "core scientists" had a positive effect on the number of patent applications filed by their co-authors. Our findings suggest that core scientists play an important role as central conduits for the in-flow of knowledge from outside their companies, thereby stimulating innovation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-36
Number of pages13
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Feb


  • Citation
  • Co-author
  • Core scientist
  • Corporate scientist
  • Innovation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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