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What indicators do (or do not) tell us about Regional Innovation Systems

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  • Jon Mikel Zabala-Iturriagagoitia

    () (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia)

  • Fernando Jiménez-Sáez

    (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia)

  • Elena Castro-Martínez

    (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia)

  • Antonio Gutiérrez-Gracia

    (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia)

Abstract

Abstract This paper analyses some of the methodologies and R&D and innovation indicators used to measure Regional Innovative Capacity in Spain for the period 1996–2000. The results suggest that the approaches examined are not sufficiently rigorous; they vary depending on the methodology and indicators employed. Therefore, we would suggest that the right balance between quantitative and qualitative approaches could produce a better evaluation of innovation system performance which would be more useful to policy makers and other stakeholders.

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  • Jon Mikel Zabala-Iturriagagoitia & Fernando Jiménez-Sáez & Elena Castro-Martínez & Antonio Gutiérrez-Gracia, 2007. "What indicators do (or do not) tell us about Regional Innovation Systems," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 70(1), pages 85-106, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:scient:v:70:y:2007:i:1:d:10.1007_s11192-007-0106-8
    DOI: 10.1007/s11192-007-0106-8
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    1. Edquist , Charles & Zabala-Iturriagagoitia , Jon Mikel, 2015. "The Innovation Union Scoreboard is flawed: The Case of Sweden – not the innovation leader of the EU – updated version," Papers in Innovation Studies 2015/27, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
    2. Edquist, Charles & Zabala, Jon Mikel, 2009. "Outputs of innovation systems: a European perspective," Papers in Innovation Studies 2009/14, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
    3. Sujin Choi & Ji-young Park & Han Woo Park, 2012. "Using social media data to explore communication processes within South Korean online innovation communities," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 90(1), pages 43-56, January.
    4. Thomas Berger, 2011. "An Overview and Analysis on Indices of Regional Competitiveness," Review of Economics & Finance, Better Advances Press, Canada, vol. 1, pages 17-33, April.
    5. Jan Kozłowski, 2015. "Innovation indices: the need for positioning them where they properly belong," Scientometrics, Springer;Akadémiai Kiadó, vol. 104(3), pages 609-628, September.
    6. Edquist , Charles & Zabala-Iturriagagoitia , Jon Mikel, 2015. "The Innovation Union Scoreboard is Flawed: The case of Sweden – not being the innovation leader of the EU," Papers in Innovation Studies 2015/16, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
    7. Zabala, Jon Mikel & Hannemann, Tina, 2009. "Product Development Decisions: An empirical approach to Krishnan and Ulrich," Papers in Innovation Studies 2009/9, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
    8. Porto-Gomez, Igone & Zabala-Iturriagagoitia, Jon Mikel & Leydesdorff, Loet, 2019. "Innovation systems in México: A matter of missing synergies," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 148(C).

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