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CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University

No 2010/10:
Who leads Research Productivity Change? Guidelines for R&D policy makers

Fernando Jiménez-Sáez (), Jon Mikel Zabala () and José L. Zofío ()

Abstract: Relying on efficiency analysis we evaluate to what extent policy makers have been able to promote the establishment of consolidated and comprehensive research groups to contribute to the implementation of a successful innovation system for the Spanish food technology sector, oriented to the production of knowledge based on an application model. Using data envelopment analysis techniques and Malmquist productivity indices we find pervasive levels of inefficiency and a typology of different research strategies. Among these, in contrast to what has been assumed, established groups do not play the pre-eminent benchmarking role; rather, partially oriented, specialized and "shooting star" groups are the most common patterns. These results correspond with an infant innovation system, where the fostering of higher levels of efficiency and promotion of the desired research patterns are ongoing.

Keywords: Innovation Policy; Management; Productivity Change; Malmquist Index; Distance Function; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: C43; D24; O47; (follow links to similar papers)

39 pages, October 30, 2010

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