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Diversity of science linkages: A survey of innovation performance effects and some evidence from Flemish firms

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  • Cassiman, Bruno
  • Veugelers, Reinhilde
  • Zuniga, Pluvia

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This paper discusses the diversity of mechanisms which firms can deploy to link to science and how science links are associated with their innovation performance. Using a sample of Flemish firms, we show that there exists considerable heterogeneity in the type of links to science at the firm level. Overall, firms with a science link enjoy superior innovation performance, in particular with respect to innovations that are new to the market. At the invention level, our findings confirm that patents from firms engaged in science are more frequently cited and have a broader technological and geographical impact. We show that it is crucial to distinguish between direct science links at the invention level and indirect science links at the firm level to encounter distinct positive effects. --

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Article provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its journal Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal.

Volume (Year): 4 (2010)
Issue (Month): 33 ()
Pages: 1-26

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Handle: RePEc:zbw:ifweej:201033

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Keywords: Innovation; cooperation; patents; forward citation; science; industrial innovation;

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  1. Bronwyn H. Hall & Albert N. Link & John T. Scott, 2001. "Universities as Research Partners," Development and Comp Systems 0012001, EconWPA.
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  1. Charlotte Schlump & Thomas Brenner, 2013. "Firm's cooperation activities: The relevance of public research, proximity and personal ties - A study of technology-oriented firms in East Germany," Working Papers on Innovation and Space 2013-06, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
  2. MOTOHASHI Kazuyuki & TOMOZAWA Takanori, 2014. "Differences in Science Based Innovation by Technology Life Cycles: The case of solar cell technology," Discussion papers, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) 14005, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
  3. Rockett, Katharine, 2012. "Perspectives on the knowledge-based society: An introduction to the special issue," Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, vol. 6(35), pages =1-22.
  4. Muscio, Alessandro & Nardone, Gianluca, 2012. "The determinants of university–industry collaboration in food science in Italy," Food Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 37(6), pages 710-718.

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