This project focuses on the firms (RBSOs) that are created around scientific knowledge generated in public research organizations (PROs). RBSOs play a key role in transforming scientific knowledge into new knowledge that is embodied in new technologies, products, services and processes. Hence, they play an important role as an engine of innovation and growth for Europe. In this project we seek to understand the conditions under which RBSOs effectively contribute to the generation of new knowledge and its dissemination in the environment in which they are embedded.
The project has three objectives.
1. We will analyse the determinants of the knowledge creation and transformation function of RBSOs as is mirrored in the innovative activity. These determinants include: the structure and resources of RBSOs; the institutional characteristics of the PROs and the local/national environment, and the nature of knowledge in different domains.
2. We will examine the impact of the innovative activity of RBSOs on their competitiveness and growth, and the factors that moderate this relationship.
3. We will study the impact of RBSOs on innovation and growth of their customers and partners, which possibly are the main beneficiaries of the knowledge creation and transformation activity of RBSOs.
The results of our analyses will allow us to reassess the rationale for public support to the creation and development of RBSOs. To achieve these objectives we will develop a conceptual model drawn on the resource-based view of the firm and institutional theories and will then validate it using empirical data. Our analysis will combine quantitative data analysis with case studies of firms in different European countries. The project benefits from the competencies developed by the Consortium members in economics, sociology, management, science policy. It also builds on and substantially extends the results of previous EU projects in related fields in which the members were involved.
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