Competencies of firms, external knowledge sourcing, and types of innovation in regions of Europe.

Franz Tödtling, Markus Grillitsch, Christoph Höglinger

Publikation: Working/Discussion Paper

Abstract

Many innovation studies have focused on a narrow concept of technological innovation such as the generation of patents, or the introduction of new products. The performance of firms, however, often depends on innovation defined from a broader perspective. This includes process, organizational and market innovations as was pointed out already by Schumpeter and more recently by other scholars and the OECD. Still underexplored, however, are the questions on what kinds of knowledge sources such different types of innovations rely and which spatial levels (regional, national, international) are most relevant for acquiring knowledge. Also sector- and regional contexts are argued to matter for knowledge sourcing and innovation. Drawing on the concepts of knowledge bases and innovation systems we investigate these relationships by analyzing evidence from seven European countries regarding patterns of knowledge sourcing and their relation to innovation. Based on a multivariate model we are able to show that product, process, strategic and organizational innovations rely on partly similar, partly different types and sources of knowledge reaching from regional to global levels. We also found evidence that sector contexts and the institutional characteristics of regions and countries matter.
OriginalspracheEnglisch
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1 Dez. 2011

Publikationsreihe

NameSRE Discussion Papers

Österreichische Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige (ÖFOS)

  • 507016 Regionalökonomie
  • 509 not use (Altbestand)
  • 502047 Volkswirtschaftstheorie
  • 502014 Innovationsforschung

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