R&D investment and the arrangement of innovation capabilities in Brazilian manufacturing firms


  • Estêvão Passuello Ruffoni School of Management, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre
  • Fernando Antonio Monteiro Christoph D´Andrea School of Management, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre
  • Júlia Kich Chaves School of Management, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre
  • Paulo Antônio Zawislak School of Management, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre
  • Jorge Tello-Gamarra School of Chemistry and Food, Federal University of Rio Grande, Santo Antônio da Patrulha




Innovation, R&D Investments, Innovation Capabilities, Capabilities Arrangements.


This paper aims at identifying the different arrangements of innovation capabilities for firms with different levels of R&D investment. The four innovation capabilities model (development, operations, management and transaction) by Zawislak et al., (2012) was crossed with the three level – low, medium and high – R&D intensity classification by Legler and Frietsch (2007). A multiple regression was applied on data from a survey of 1,331 Brazilian manufacturing firms, results clearly show different arrangements of innovation capabilities for each level of R&D investment. Operations capability does not generate innovation performance in any level. Development capability becomes increasingly relevant to performance, as R&D investment increases, on the other hand, management and transaction capabilities turn to be less prominent.


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How to Cite

Passuello Ruffoni, E., Monteiro Christoph D´Andrea, F. A., Kich Chaves, J., Zawislak, P. A., & Tello-Gamarra, J. (2018). R&D investment and the arrangement of innovation capabilities in Brazilian manufacturing firms. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 13(4), 74–83. https://doi.org/10.4067/S0718-27242018000400074



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