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Regional Innovation Systems: How to Assess Performance


Zabala-Iturriagagoitia, Jon Mikel; Voigt, Peter; Gutiérrez-Gracia, Antonio; Jiménez-Sáez, Fernando


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Abstract This paper applies Data Envelopment Analysis [DEA] methodology to the evaluation of regional innovation system performance based on information provided by the European Innovation Scoreboard [EIS] for 2002 and 2003. We find that those European regions ranked in the EIS as showing better performance in high-technology areas, are ranked somewhat differently according to DEA. The results of our study show that the higher the technological level of a region, the greater is the need for system coordination. Where this is lacking there is a loss of performance efficiency compared to other similar regions. Policy making in relation to Regional Innovation Systems (RIS) has in the past depended on systemic analysis. Here, we propose a methodology that combines quantitative and qualitative analyses to enrich the knowledge base for future policy decision making.
Klassifikation Wissenschaftssoziologie, Wissenschaftsforschung, Technikforschung, Techniksoziologie; spezielle Ressortpolitik; Raumplanung und Regionalforschung
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2007
Seitenangabe S. 661-672
Zeitschriftentitel Regional Studies, 41 (2007) 5
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00343400601120270
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)