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The Voyage of the Beagle into innovation: explorations on heterogeneity, selection, and sectors

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  • Martin Srholec
  • Bart Verspagen

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The aim of the paper is to assess heterogeneity of the innovation process. Using exploratory factor analysis on micro data from the third Community Innovation Survey in 13 countries, we identify four patterns that can be interpreted as research, user, external, and production ingredients of innovation. All too often it is assumed that how firm innovate can be represented by differences across sectors and/or countries. To put this proposition under scrutiny, we partition variability of the factors scores into components identified by these higher levels. Sectors and countries matter to a certain extent, but far more of the variance is given by heterogeneity among firms within both of them. However, groups of firms produced by cluster analysis account for much higher share of the variance, which indicates that the most relevant stratification of the data cuts across the established sectoral and national boundaries. We discuss implications of these findings for understanding of selection in evolutionary economics and for the literature on innovation systems. Copyright 2012 The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Associazione ICC. All rights reserved., Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Industrial and Corporate Change.

Volume (Year): 21 (2012)
Issue (Month): 5 (October)
Pages: 1221-1253

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Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:21:y:2012:i:5:p:1221-1253

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  1. Grillitsch, Markus, 2014. "Institutional Change and Economic Evolution in Regions," CIRCLE Electronic Working Papers 2014/1, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
  2. Moodysson , Jerker & Sack , Lionel, 2013. "Innovation under the protected label of origin: heritage, influence and expanding horizons in Cognac," CIRCLE Electronic Working Papers 2013/40, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
  3. Tavassoli, Sam, 2013. "Innovation Determinants over Industry Life Cycle," CITR Working Paper Series 2012/11, Center for Innovation and Technology Research, Blekinge Institute of Technology.
  4. Münich, Daniel & Srholec, Martin & Moritz, Michael & Schäffler, Johannes, 2012. "Mothers and Daughters: Heterogeneity of German direct investments in the Czech Republic. Evidence from the IAB-ReLOC survey," IAB Discussion Paper 201217, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany].
  5. Krzysztof Szczygielski & Wojciech Grabowski & Richard Woodward, 2013. "External vs Internal Determinants of Firm Technology Strategy:Evidence from the Polish Services Sector," CASE Network Studies and Analyses 0454, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.

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