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Measuring Innovation Competencies and Performances: A Survey of Large Firms in Belgium

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  • Peeters, Carine
  • Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno van

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Based on original survey data, this paper provides evidence on firms' innovation competencies and performances in Belgium. The relationship with firm size and technological opportunity is systematically evaluated. The first conclusion is that firms recognize the strategic importance of innovation but fail to undertake the "practical" steps to develop it. Large firms globally better master innovation competencies. However, small firms allocate the largest share of profits to finance innovative projects. In terms of performances, small and large firms, as opposed to medium ones, show the best results for their R&D investments and patent applications. It is also shown that the share of turnover due to incremental innovation is the highest within small firms, while technological breakthroughs are more important within large firms. There is a positive relation between technological opportunity and innovation competencies, R&D investments and patent applications. Services firms have relatively weak records on all innovation indicators but perform well concerning human resources, educational activities and the management of market information. Foreign firms invest significantly less in R&D than local firms. Finally costs- and risks-related barriers to innovation are the most important to all firms, whatever the size and technological opportunity.

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Paper provided by Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series IIR Working Paper with number 03-16.

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Length: 23 p.
Date of creation: Sep 2003
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Handle: RePEc:hit:iirwps:03-16

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Keywords: Innovation competencies; Innovation performances; Barriers to innovation; Survey data;

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  1. Carine Peeters & Bruno Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, 2006. "Innovation strategy and the patenting behavior of firms," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 16(1), pages 109-135, April.
  2. Carine Peeters & Bruno Van Pottelsberghe, 2005. "Innovation capabilities and returns to scale," Working Papers CEB 05-002.RS, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  3. Johannes Horner & Larry Samuelson, 2009. "Incentives for Experimenting Agents," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1726RRR, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University, revised Jun 2013.
  4. Johannes Horner & Larry Samuelson, 2013. "Incentives for Experimenting Agents," Levine's Working Paper Archive 786969000000000671, David K. Levine.
  5. Johannes Horner & Larry Samuelson, 2012. "Incentives for Experimenting Agents," Levine's Working Paper Archive 786969000000000418, David K. Levine.
  6. Johannes Horner & Larry Samuelson, 2009. "Incentives for Experimenting Agents," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1726, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
  7. Johannes Horner & Larry Samuelson, 2009. "Incentives for Experimenting Agents," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1726R, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University, revised Feb 2012.
  8. Johannes Horner & Larry Samuelson, 2009. "Incentives for Experimenting Agents," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1726RR, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University, revised Mar 2013.
  9. Carine Peeters & Bruno Van Pottelsberghe, 2004. "Innovation capabilities and firm labor productivity," Working Papers CEB 04-030.RS, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.

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