Quotation Tödtling, Franz, Grillitsch, Markus, Höglinger, Christoph. 2011. Competencies of firms, external knowledge sourcing, and types of innovation in regions of Europe.. SRE Discussion Papers.


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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.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Working/discussion paper, preprint
Language English
Title Competencies of firms, external knowledge sourcing, and types of innovation in regions of Europe.
Title of whole publication SRE Discussion Papers
Year 2011

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Projects
Constructing Regional Advantage: Towards State-of -the-Art Regional Innovation System Policies in Europe
People
Tödtling, Franz (Details)
Grillitsch, Markus (Former researcher)
Höglinger, Christoph (Former researcher)
Organization
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research Institute for Spatial and Real Estate Economics FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5335 Political economic theory (Details)
5350 Innovation research (Details)
5618 Regional economy (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
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