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The Innovation Public Policies and the Firms’ adoption of Innovative Processes - A New Methodological Approach for Evaluation


  • Maria Manuel Serrano

    (University of Évora, Department of Sociology and SOCIUS – ISEG/UTL)

  • Paulo Neto

    () (University of Évora, Department of Economics and CEFAGE-UE)


Today, innovation is present in the discourse of politicians and business leaders. They see innovation as a positive value and as a solution to solve social problems and company’s competitiveness, so organizations are encouraged to adopt innovative practices through incentives and innovation policies. Several economic and sociological studies have shown that Portuguese companies adopt more easily technological innovations (with short-term effects) then organizational and social innovations. In this sense, we will consider innovation public policies effects at Portuguese companies and how they take available opportunities for innovation. The aim is to know if the concept of innovation spread by these policies is multidimensional (eg social, economic and technological) or restricted. We propose to study the factors (internal and external) that affect innovation processes in enterprises through case studies methodology. This research strategy will show us the processes of innovation from within the organizations and analyze the socio-economic context in which organizations operate through a new methodological approach for evaluation.

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  • Maria Manuel Serrano & Paulo Neto, 2011. "The Innovation Public Policies and the Firms’ adoption of Innovative Processes - A New Methodological Approach for Evaluation," CEFAGE-UE Working Papers 2011_17, University of Evora, CEFAGE-UE (Portugal).
  • Handle: RePEc:cfe:wpcefa:2011_17

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    Innovation; Innovation Systems; Public Policies; Enterprises; Territory.;

    JEL classification:

    • J58 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Public Policy
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy

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