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Innovation and connectivity in northern european technical cooperation networks

Pearson, Michael; Cabras, Ignazio

Authors

Michael Pearson

Ignazio Cabras



Abstract

The rationale and policy proposed by two collaborating projects is to increase innovation through improved connectivity among SMEs within northern European supply chains. To inform project policy we test the hypothesis ‘improvement in broadly defined connectivity as online business activity, investment abroad and technical cooperation abroad are associated with enhanced product or service innovation’. We test this hypothesis by referring to the EIM Business and Policy Research (2009) data set relating to the period 2006 to 2008. We carry out exploratory and probit analysis to identify a strong link between connectivity factors and increased product or service innovation. We also make comparisons between the Baltic, North Sea and other European regions with regard to innovativeness, connectivity and other factors. The Baltic Sea region displays significantly higher levels of innovation and technical cooperation abroad than other European regions, while online business activity is more prevalent in the Baltic and North Sea than in the other regions.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2014
Publication Date 2014-08
Deposit Date Feb 27, 2013
Publicly Available Date Aug 31, 2014
Print ISSN 1363-9196
Electronic ISSN 1757-5877
Publisher World Scientific Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 4
Pages 1450022
DOI https://doi.org/10.1142/s1363919614500224
Keywords Innovation; Connectivity; Small and Medium Enterprises; Technical Cooperation; Northern Europe
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/5929
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S1363919614500224
Contract Date Feb 27, 2013

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