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Abstract

This research project aims at characterizing quantitatively the dynamics of the scientific and technological activities in the EU, highlighting some of their regional, national, EU and international systemic dimensions. It recognizes that socio-economic development is the result of the expression of the potential of knowledge-based activities in society ; it also recognizes that the dynamics of such knowledge activities are based on interactions patterns embedded both in regional set ups (geographical dimension) and in the multinational firm networks (institutional dimension). Hence the design of this project, which addresses three complementary aspects of the emergence of a knowledge society in the EU.
The first part relates the regional dimension of the EU S&T activities with their technological interactions, both within countries, within the EU and with the Triad - through multinational firms. The second part focuses on the multinational firms technological strategies, with a comparison between the EU, the United-States and Japan. The third one investigates the scientific and technological networks built between firms and public research, within the EU, in the case of information and communication technologies.

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