Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University
User-producer interaction and the degree of novelty of innovations: a global perspective
() and Cristina Chaminade
Abstract: User-producer interactions have been traditionally
recognized as important for innovation. With the rapid growth of emerging
economies’ markets, and an increasing degree of technological
sophistication of both users and producers in those markets, user-producer
interaction is becoming global. The existing literature is quite limited in
explaining how collaboration with users in different income regions affects
the degree of innovations’ novelty. Using original firm-level data
collected in nine countries, this paper argues that collaborating with
international customers is positively related to higher degrees of novelty.
Furthermore, firms in low- and middle-income countries will benefit more
from south-south collaboration than a south-north one, at least in terms of
collaboration with customers for innovation.
Keywords: Users; international demand; innovation; absorptive capacity; Europe; BRICS; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D83; L25; M16; O32; (follow links to similar papers)
51 pages, November 19, 2013
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