Working Paper No. 21. Fridh, Ann-Charlotte (2003). Titanium Implants – A Comparison of a Swedish and an Ohio Firm.

Abstract: Two firms in the health care market are studied in a case study of the introduction of two almost identical innovations. The two firms, both in the titanium implant business have been chosen so that they match when it comes to origin, technology and customers. But the diffusion occurred in two different (institutional) environments, the Swedish and the US. The whole process from invention to innovation and diffusion in the market is studied. The analysis takes its starting point in competence bloc theory (a Schumpeterian theory). We find that the institutional environment is crucial for firm growth.

Keywords: inventioninnovationinstitutional environmenttitanium implants; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: I11L65; (follow links to similar papers)

35 pages, April 15, 2003