Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University
Xabier Alberdi Pons
Intermediaries and Regional Innovation Systemic behavior: A typology for Spain
(), Juan José Gibaja Martíns and Mario Davide Parrilli
Abstract: Interaction is a central feature of well-functioning and
integrated Regional Innovation Systems. However, it does not necessarily
occur in an automatic fashion, denoting the existence of various system
problems that may block learning and other crucial innovation processes.
“Intermediaries” are organizations that encompass an increasing role in
overcoming these problems. Still, they have not been adequately framed and
assessed. The paper meets this need and presents a number of developments.
First, we identify and categorize intermediaries according to some specific
Innovation System problems they tap into, while we also include them in a
novel intermediary component. Second, we operationalize sets of
quantitative variables that permit new preliminary assessments. This
methodology also permits new empirical insights that help framing more
specific policy tools. The empirical analysis roots on an ad hoc data
exploitation stemming from various surveys conducted by the Spanish
Official Statistical Institute (INE) and the Spanish Venture Capital
Association (ASCRI). We conduct multivariate techniques such as Multiple
Factor and Cluster Analysis. The methodology creates a new typology that
sorts Spanish regions according to the presence -or absence- of
intermediaries when dealing with system problems. We find dissimilar
outputs across regions. The latter might demand that their intermediary
components are provided with strategic recommendations in response to
specific system requirements.
Keywords: regions; innovation systems; system problems; intermediaries; Spain; multiple factor analysis; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: O18; R15; R50; R58; (follow links to similar papers)
30 pages, October 3, 2014
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