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Characteristics of Collaboration in Product Innovation in the Regional System of Innovation of East Gothia


  • Charles Edquist
  • Marie-Louise Eriksson
  • Hans Sjögren


The focus of this article is on product innovations introduced by firms (establishments) and the collaborations they enter into with other firms and organizations in carrying out this activity. The theoretical framework combines innovation theories with the literature on regional innovation systems and the knowledge-based economy. Empirically we have investigated characteristics of collaboration among manufacturing establishments in the region of East Gothia in Sweden, with specific focus on the number of employees involved in the innovation projects, mechanisms of knowledge transfer between organizations, as well as financing and patenting in relation to product innovations.

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  • Charles Edquist & Marie-Louise Eriksson & Hans Sjögren, 2002. "Characteristics of Collaboration in Product Innovation in the Regional System of Innovation of East Gothia," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(5), pages 563-581, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurpls:v:10:y:2002:i:5:p:563-581
    DOI: 10.1080/09654310220145332

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    1. Nauwelaers, Claire & Wintjes, Rene, 2000. "SME policy and the Regional Dimension of Innovation: Towards a New Paradigm for Innovation Policy?," Research Memorandum 023, Maastricht University, Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
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    1. Claudia Werker, 2006. "An Assessment of the Regional Innovation Policy by the European Union based on Bibliometrical Analysis," Papers on Economics and Evolution 2006-11, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
    2. Świadek Arkadiusz, 2007. "Technology and Space in Innovation Performance of Polish Regions," Folia Oeconomica Stetinensia, Sciendo, vol. 6(1), pages 141-152, January.
    3. Li, Xibao, 2009. "China's regional innovation capacity in transition: An empirical approach," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(2), pages 338-357, March.

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