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The Spanish Cod Fishing Industry: Radical Production Changes Without Significant Changes in the Innovation System

Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation (JEMI), Volume 8, Issue 4, pp. 35-51, 2012

17 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2013  

Manuel González-López

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This paper studies the changes which have occurred in the Spanish cod fishing industry in the last few years. We also aim to understand the dynamics of industrial change and its relation to institutions, understood here as both formal and informal rules and conventions. Our results suggest that sometimes industries, in order to maintain their competitive position, need something more than incremental changes in their products or in the technologies that they use. As we can see with the Spanish cod fishing industry, major changes are needed which affect the institutional set-up of their production system. Nevertheless, even when major changes happen in the production sphere, this does not mean that major alterations happen in the way companies innovate, i.e. in their innovation system.

Keywords: institutions, innovation, innovation systems, cod fishing, change

Suggested Citation

González-López, Manuel, The Spanish Cod Fishing Industry: Radical Production Changes Without Significant Changes in the Innovation System (2012). Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation (JEMI), Volume 8, Issue 4, pp. 35-51, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2203467

Manuel González-López (Contact Author)

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela ( email )

Departamento de Economía Aplicada
Facultade de Económicas e Empresas
Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña 15704
Spain

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