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Firm capabilities and cooperation for innovation: evidence from the UK regions

Iammarino, Simona ORCID: 0000-0001-9450-1700, Piva, Mariacristina, Vivarelli, Marco and von Tunzelmann, Nick (2013) Firm capabilities and cooperation for innovation: evidence from the UK regions. In: Crescenzi, Riccardo and Percoco, Marco, (eds.) Geography, Institutions and Regional Economic Performance. Advances in spatial science. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 281-302. ISBN 9783642333941

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-642-33395-8_14


This chapter focuses on the relationship between firms’ technological competencies and capabilities and different forms of cooperation for innovation by combining the analysis of both micro and meso levels, i.e. the level of the firm and of the geographical region. Our findings, based on the Fourth UK Community Innovation Survey (CIS), provide new insights regarding the relationship between cooperative linkages for innovation and firms’ technological status. Firstly, the distinction between competencies and capabilities adopted in this chapter seems appropriate for going beyond the rather simplistic dichotomy of ‘innovative’ versus ‘non-innovative’ firms commonly used in interpreting CIS data. Secondly, we find that the analysis for the UK as a whole masks stark regional differences in terms of intra- and extra-region collaborative linkages and firms’ technological status.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
T Technology > T Technology (General)
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O30 - General
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R12 - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade
Date Deposited: 20 May 2015 11:27
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:37

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