Innovation's Effect on Firm Value and Risk: Insights from Consumer Packaged Goods Academic Article uri icon


  • What is the relationship between innovation and firm value? Does the type of innovation make a difference? To answer these questions, the authors examine how breakthrough and incremental innovations affect three different facets of firm performance: normal profits, economic rents, and total firm risk. They argue that each of these metrics is of independent interest to shareholders and managers and that examining one without the others results in an incomplete picture of the true financial value of innovation. Using data on more than 20,000 new products from consumer packaged goods industries, the authors find that breakthrough innovation is associated with increases in both normal profits and economic rents and that, on average, each breakthrough innovation in the sample is associated with an increase in firm value of $4.2 million. Breakthrough innovation is also associated with increases in the risk of the innovating firm, but this higher risk is offset by above-normal stock returns. In contrast, incremental innovation is associated with increases in normal profits only and has no impact on economic rents or firm risk.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Marketing

author list (cited authors)

  • Sorescu, A. B., & Spanjol, J.

citation count

  • 265

complete list of authors

  • Sorescu, Alina B||Spanjol, Jelena

publication date

  • March 2008