Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login

Innovation Process in Japan: Findings from the RIETI Inventors Survey (Japanese)

Contents:

Author Info

  • NAGAOKA Sadao
  • TSUKADA Naotoshi

Abstract

Effective research and development (R&D) at companies and universities and the efficient commercialization of their results are considered vital to the future growth of the Japanese economy. However, social scientific knowledge on the objectives and motives of R&D, knowledge sources for innovation, outgoing spillovers, financial constraints on R&D, factors restricting the use of R&D results, and the motivations of inventors is extremely limited. By collecting such information directly from those engaged in R&D, we should be able to substantially deepen our understanding of the structural characteristics of R&D in Japan and contribute to the advancement of policy research. With such goals in mind, RIETI conducted a survey of the inventors playing a key role in R&D in Japan about their inventions and the underlying R&D projects. The survey, which is part of the RIETI project titled "Structural Characteristics of Japanese Corporate Research and Development and Issues for the Future," was undertaken from January to June in 2007 and amassed nearly 5,300 responses. This paper provides a summary of the findings from this survey. Section 2 describes the objectives of the RIETI Inventors Survey and explains the design of the questionnaire and sample used in the survey. Section 3 presents a summary of the survey findings under seven headings: 1) profiles of the inventors who responded to the survey, and their organizational affiliations; 2) objectives, motivations, and scope of R&D projects; 3) cooperation in R&D, knowledge sources, and outgoing spillover; 4) resource inputs for R&D and results; 5) commercialization of inventions; 6) motives for patenting inventions and reasons for the non-use of inventions; and 7) preconditions for successful commercialization. Section 4 provides a wrap-up of these. In the appendix, we explain the method by which the sample data set was constructed and the state under which questionnaire responses were collected.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL: http://www.rieti.go.jp/jp/publications/dp/07j046.pdf
Download Restriction: no

Bibliographic Info

Paper provided by Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) in its series Discussion Papers (Japanese) with number 07046.

as in new window
Length: 74 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2007
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:eti:rdpsjp:07046

Contact details of provider:
Postal: 11th floor, Annex, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) 1-3-1, Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8901
Phone: +81-3-3501-1363
Fax: +81-3-3501-8577
Email:
Web page: http://www.rieti.go.jp/
More information through EDIRC

Related research

Keywords:

References

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

Citations

Lists

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

Statistics

Access and download statistics

Corrections

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eti:rdpsjp:07046. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (NUKATANI Sorahiko).

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.