Patterns of Collaborations between Regional Firms and Universities: Evidence from the Piedmont region in Italy
AbstractThis paper explores the factors affecting firms’ decisions concerning whether to collaborate with universities in their region or elsewhere, and the level of investment in the collaboration. Building upon an original survey of a representative sample of firms in the Italian region of Piedmont, the paper examines the effect of firm and collaboration characteristics (including the type and diversity of each collaboration’s objectives) on the location of the university partners and on the investment in university-industry collaborations. We find that firms that are smaller, less engaged in international markets, less vertically integrated, and that engage in collaborations with universities in order to solve organizational problems, tend to collaborate more with regional universities. Firms tend to invest more in collaborations focused only on R&D activities with nearby universities, though the maximum amount spent in a collaboration was with a foreign university.
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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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- NEP-GEO-2011-06-11 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-INO-2011-06-11 (Innovation)
- NEP-SBM-2011-06-11 (Small Business Management)
- NEP-URE-2011-06-11 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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