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Global Innovation Networks: what are they and where can we find them? (Conceptual and Empirical issues)

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  • Barnard, Helena

    () (GIBS, U. Pretoria)

  • Chaminade, Cristina

    () (CIRCLE, Lund University)

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The rapid move of China and India from low-cost producers to innovators has triggered an increasing interest in the globalization of innovation activities and more specifically, on the surge of global innovation networks (GINs). However, hitherto most of the literature is either theoretical or based on a handful of cases. We do not know what are the different forms of GINs in which firms participate, both in terms of the various degrees of globalness, innovativeness and neworkedness as well as their main characteristics. In this paper, we propose a taxonomy of global innovation networks that takes into account these different dimensions. This paper provides empirical evidence about the characteristics of the different variants of global innovation networks, observed in seven European countries as well as Brazil, China, India and South Africa. It relies on firm-level data collected through a survey in 2010 and provides for the first time a theoretical and empirical overview of the different forms of global innovation networks.

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  • Barnard, Helena & Chaminade, Cristina, 2011. "Global Innovation Networks: what are they and where can we find them? (Conceptual and Empirical issues)," Papers in Innovation Studies 2011/4, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:lucirc:2011_004
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    Cited by:

    1. Mikhaylova, A. Anna & Mikhaylov, Andrey S., 2014. "Application of the Global Innovation Network Concept for the Russian – European Cooperation," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - German National Library of Economics, pages 101-111.
    2. Cristina Chaminade & Claudia De Fuentes & Gouya Harirchi & Monica Plechero, 2016. "The geography and structure of global innovation networks: global scope and regional embeddedness," Chapters,in: Handbook on the Geographies of Innovation, chapter 22, pages 370-381 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    Keywords

    Globalization; innovation networks; taxonomy; Europe; South Africa; Brazil; China; India;

    JEL classification:

    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • O57 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries

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