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How does Accessibility to Knowledge Sources affect the Innovativeness of Corporations? - Evidence from Sweden

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  • Andersson, Martin

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    (CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology)

  • Ejermo, Olof

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    (CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology)

Abstract

The paper studies innovative performance of 130 Swedish corporations for 1993-94, using number of patents per corporation as a function of internal and external knowledge sources to the corporation. A coherent way of handling accessibility measures, within and between corporations located across regions is introduced. We examine the relative importance of intra- and interregional knowledge sources from (i) the own corporation, (ii) other corporations, and (iii) universities. The results show that there is a positive relationship between the innovativeness of a corporation and its accessibility to university researchers within regions where they have research. Having good accessibility between the corporation’s research units does not have any significant effects on the production of patents. Instead the size of the R&D staff of the corporation seems to be the most internal factor. There is no visible indication that accessibility to other corporations’ research is important for innovativeness. This suggests that knowledge flows, between firms belonging to different corporations are limited.

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Paper provided by Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation with number 3.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 07 May 2004
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Keywords: Accessibility; private and university R&D; patents; spillovers; Sweden;

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  2. Karlsson, Charlie & Johansson, Börje, 2006. "Regional Development and Knowledge," Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation 76, Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies.
  3. Borje Johansson & Hans Loof, 2008. "Innovation Activities Explained By Firm Attributes And Location," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(6), pages 533-552.
  4. Tavassoli, Sam & Carbonara, Nunzia, 2013. "The Role of Knowledge Variety and Intensity for Regional Innovative Capability," CITR Working Paper Series 2013/01, Center for Innovation and Technology Research, Blekinge Institute of Technology.
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  7. Karlsson, Charlie & Johansson, Börje & Stough, Roger, 2008. "Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Functional Regions," Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation 144, Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies.
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  9. Sam Tavassoli & Nunzia Carbonara, 2013. "The Role of Knowledge Variety and Intensity for Regional Innovative Capability - Swedish evidence," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1317, Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography, revised Oct 2013.

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