Wednesday, May 17, at 12pm, DEMS Seminar Room 2104, Buiding U7-2nd floor
What comes first? A co-evolutionary analysis of the development of digital technologies and skills
Alliance Manchester Business School
Abstract: In this paper we study the co-evolution of digital technologies and skills. We investigate whether the development of digital technologies within firms has an impact on employees’ skills, whether skills availability affects the development of digital technologies, or whether the relation is bidirectional, that is, there is a mutual effect between these two variables. We test this relationship using the Granger causality test on patent data on digital technologies and the importance of employees’ skills in the UK during the period 1997-2017. We first ran unit roots tests, which indicated stationarity of the patent data for each technology and the skills variables. The Granger causality tests were run on the total patents of digital technology and skills variables, as well as on six digital technologies and 12 skills, uncovering more nuanced patterns of co-evolutionary and unidirectional causality relationships. The variety of the results offer managerial and policy implications, especially in relation to specific patterns of digital technology regional specialisation and the availability of distinctive skills associated to specific digital technologies or need for their enhancing
Bio speaker: Silvia Massini is Professor of Economics and Management of Innovation at the Alliance Manchester Business School. She has served as the Head of the Innovation Management and Policy (IMP) Division (2017-2022). Her current research interests are on the emergence, adoption and diffusion of digital technologies, and their impact on innovation processes and strategies, as well as the relationship with skills needs and changes; industry-university collaborations for teaching programmes; global sourcing of innovation, and other Business Services. The unifying theme is the development of organisational routines and absorptive capacity for innovation, and complementarities between technologies, and organisational capabilities and human and skills. Her research has been published in leading academic journals such as Research Policy, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, R&D Management, among others.
The seminar will in presence, DEMS Seminar Room 2104, Building U7-2nd floor