The INNOBAROMETER is an opinion poll carried out by the European Commission in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 in the European Union under the EUROBAROMETER opinion poll system
The main objective of the survey is to sound out the opinions of European managers on their companies' needs in innovation, their investments in innovation and the output achieved. In addition, the latest Innobarometer on “Cluster’s role in facilitating innovation in Europe” was carried out in the 25 member states of the European Union, in four candidate countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Turkey) as well as in Norway, Switzerland and Iceland.
The current wave of Innobarometer is primarily dealing with the specific characteristics of firms existing in a cluster-like environment. Company clusters are considered as prominent vehicles of increased innovation and competitiveness, where – due to the concentration of similar and complementary businesses – key factors of development can be produced more economically and competition is above the average.
The survey had a two-step sampling approach, where, in the first step, firms with at least 20 employees were selected at random in specific innovation intensive industry sectors. From among these randomly selected companies Innobarometer screened those that work in a cluster-like environment regardless of declared cluster membership. The main interview was carried out among firms operating in cluster-like environment.
Overall, 3 528 companies working in a cluster-like environment across the Europe zone, were interviewed, chosen from among 20 994 randomly selected screener interviews between May 28 and July 5, 2006, over the telephone.
These surveys have been requested by Directorate General Enterprise and coordinated by Directorate General Press and Communication. The methodology used is that of the FLASH surveys.