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Firm collaboration and modes of innovation in Norway

Fitjar, Rune Dahl and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés ORCID: 0000-0002-8041-0856 (2013) Firm collaboration and modes of innovation in Norway. Research Policy, 42 (1). pp. 128-138. ISSN 0048-7333

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.respol.2012.05.009


This paper examines the sources of firm product and process innovation in Norway. It uses a purpose-built survey of 1604 firms in the five largest Norwegian city-regions to test, by means of a logit regression analysis, Jensen et al.’s (2007) contention that firminnovation is both the result of ‘Science, Technology and Innovation’ (STI) and ‘Doing, Using and Interacting’ (DUI) modes of firm learning. The paper classifies different types of firm interaction into STI-mode interaction (with consultants, universities, and research centres) and DUI-mode interaction, distinguishing between DUI interaction within the supply-chain (i.e. with suppliers and customers) or not (with competitors). It further controls for the geographical locations of partners. The analysis demonstrates that engagement with external agents is closely related to firminnovation and that both STI and DUI-modes of interaction matter. However, it also shows that DUI modes of interaction outside the supply-chain tend to be irrelevant for innovation, with frequent exchanges with competitors being associated with lower levels of innovation. Collaboration with extra-regional agents is much more conducive to innovation than collaboration with local partners, especially within the DUI mode.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2012 12:26
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2024 20:48
Projects: 269868
Funders: European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013), Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship

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