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The citation impact of research collaboration in science‐based industries: A spatial‐institutional analysis

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  • Koen Frenken
  • Roderik Ponds
  • Frank Van Oort

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This study shows for eight science‐based industries that the citation impact of research collaboration is higher for international collaboration than for national and regional collaboration. A further analysis of institutional affiliations shows that university‐industry‐government collaborations profit from being organized at the regional scale only in the cases of biotechnology and organic fine chemistry. The alleged importance of physical proximity for successful interaction between university, industry and government thus is not robust across industries. We discuss the policy implications that follow. Resumen Este estudio muestra que para ocho industrias de ámbito científico el impacto en citas bibliográficas de la investigación de colaboración es mayor para colaboraciones internacionales que para colaboraciones de ámbito nacional y regional. Un análisis más profundo de afiliaciones institucionales muestra que las colaboraciones entre universidad‐industria‐gobierno solamente son provechosas a escala regional para la biotecnología y la química fina orgánica. La supuesta importancia de la proximidad física para una interacción exitosa entre universidad, industria y gobierno no es por tanto robusta para todas las industrias. Discutimos las implicaciones políticas que todo esto conlleva.

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  • Koen Frenken & Roderik Ponds & Frank Van Oort, 2010. "The citation impact of research collaboration in science‐based industries: A spatial‐institutional analysis," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 89(2), pages 351-271, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:presci:v:89:y:2010:i:2:p:351-271
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1435-5957.2010.00309.x
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