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Knowledge, capabilities and manufacturing innovation: a US-Europe comparison

Wissen, Kapazitäten und Produktionsinnovation: ein Vergleich zwischen den USA und Europa
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Roper, Stephen; Youtie, Jan; Shapira, Philip; Fernández Ribas, Andrea

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Abstract This paper presents a comparative analysis of factors contributing to the innovation performance of manufacturing firms in Georgia (USA), Wales (UK), the West Midlands (UK), and Catalonia (Spain). Enabled by comparable survey data, multiple probit models are developed to estimate how various types of firms' innovative activities are influenced by links to external knowledge sources, internal resources, absorptive capacity and public innovation support. Our results suggest the potential for mutual learning. For the European study regions there are insights about how universities in Georgia support innovation. For Georgia and Catalonia there are lessons from UK firms about better capturing potential complementarities between innovation activities. Additional implications for innovation measurement and knowledge base development are discussed.
Keywords innovation
Classification Political Economy; Economic Sectors; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Free Keywords Knowledge capabilities; Manufacturing; Regional innovation policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 253-279
Journal Regional Studies, 44 (2010) 3
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00343400802360410
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)