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Patterns of innovation and collaboration in small and large firms

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  • Lina Bjerke

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  • Sara Johansson

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This paper explores the patterns of innovation and collaboration by using unique regional survey data on more than 600 Swedish firms. The data also include the smallest firms, which have been largely neglected in the existing literature on innovations. In the context of collaboration, however, small firms are of particular interest because external interactions and joint projects can be expected to play a very central role in innovation processes in firms where internal resources are very limited. The results show that the probability of innovation is higher among collaborating firms, yet not all types of collaborations matter. Extra-regional collaborations appear as most important in promoting firm innovation, and collaboration seems to be most favourable when the partners involved have some organizational or knowledge relatedness. Small firms, in particular, seem to gain from such extra-regional linkages. Copyright The Author(s) 2015

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  • Lina Bjerke & Sara Johansson, 2015. "Patterns of innovation and collaboration in small and large firms," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 55(1), pages 221-247, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:55:y:2015:i:1:p:221-247
    DOI: 10.1007/s00168-015-0712-y
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    R10; O31; C83;

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    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • C83 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Survey Methods; Sampling Methods

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