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Innovation in the European chemical industry


  • Albach, Horst
  • Audretsch, David B.
  • Fleischer, Manfred
  • Greb, Robert
  • Höfs, Evelyn
  • Röller, Lars-Hendrik
  • Schulz, Ines


Firms in the European chemical industry have been among the most successful firms world wide. However, they have had to undertake severe restucturing in order to maintain their market position. These efforts focused in particular on strengthening their innovative capability as product and process innovation have become the most decisive factors in global competition. In order to improve the innovative conditions, the European Commission has supported the Community Innovation Survey (CIS). 1992/1993 was the first time that large-scale harmonised innovation surveys were carried out in all Member States of the European Union. This study uses the CIS micro data from nearly 2000 European chemical firms. This study focuses on the identification of innovative trends within the chemical industry between 1984 and 1993. Using data from annual reports of nine selected European stock companies, the study identifies those areas of the chemical industry currently having the highest innovative potential. Three speciality categories are identified as having the highest number of innovations during this ten year period: chemicals, paints/varnishes, and plastics.

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  • Albach, Horst & Audretsch, David B. & Fleischer, Manfred & Greb, Robert & Höfs, Evelyn & Röller, Lars-Hendrik & Schulz, Ines, 1996. "Innovation in the European chemical industry," Discussion Papers, various Research Units FS IV 96-26, WZB Berlin Social Science Center.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:wzbdiv:fsiv9626

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    1. Felder, Johannes & Licht, Georg & Nerlinger, Eric A. & Stahl, Harald, 1995. "Appropriability, opportunity, firm size and innovation activities: empirical results using East and West German firm level data," ZEW Discussion Papers 95-21, ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research.
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    1. Fleischer, Manfred, 2001. "Regulierungswettbewerb und Innovation in der chemischen Industrie," Discussion Papers, various Research Units FS IV 01-09, WZB Berlin Social Science Center.

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