Technological Capabilities and Patterns of Cooperation of UK Firms: A Regional Investigation

23 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2009

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Simona Iammarino

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment

Mariacristina Piva

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Marco Vivarelli

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Nick von Tunzelmann

University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU)

Abstract

This paper focuses on the relationship between firms' technological capabilities and different forms of cooperation for innovation by combining the analysis of both micro and meso levels, i.e. the level of the firm and of the geographical region. Our findings, based on the Fourth UK Community Innovation Survey (CIS), provide new insights regarding the relationship between cooperative linkages for innovation and the development of technological capabilities by business units. Firstly, the distinction between competences and capabilities adopted in this paper seems appropriate for going beyond the rather simplistic dichotomy of 'innovative' versus 'non-innovative' firms commonly used in interpreting CIS data. Secondly, we find that the analysis for the UK as a whole masks stark regional differences in terms of intra- and extra-region collaborative linkages and degrees of firms' technological capabilities. These findings may be useful to help policy making to meet the priorities highlighted within the UK Government's framework for Science & Technology.

Keywords: cooperation for innovation, technological capabilities, firms, regions

JEL Classification: O30, R12

Suggested Citation

Iammarino, Simona and Piva, Mariacristina and Vivarelli, Marco and von Tunzelmann, Nick, Technological Capabilities and Patterns of Cooperation of UK Firms: A Regional Investigation. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4129. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1391801

Simona Iammarino (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment ( email )

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London, WC2A 2AE
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Mariacristina Piva

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore ( email )

Via Emilia Parmense, 84
Piacenza
Italy

Marco Vivarelli

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano ( email )

Largo Gemelli 1
Milano, 20123
Italy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Nick Von Tunzelmann

University of Sussex - Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) ( email )

Mantell Building
Falmer
Brighton BN1 9RH UK, Sussex
United Kingdom

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