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2006 Innobarometer on cluster's role in facilitating innovation in Europe, Summary

Funded under: FP6-INNOVATION


The current 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 under the framework of the Flash Eurobarometer survey series.
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 (i.e. have strong local linkages, work in close relationship with other local market players, higher industry density in the region, cluster in the respective industry exists, awareness of cluster concept) regardless of declared cluster membership. The main interview was carried out among firms operating in cluster-like environment.
Overall, Gallup interviewed 3 528 companies working in a cluster-like environment across the Europe zone, chose from among 20 994 randomly selected screener interviews between May 28 and July 5, 2006, over the telephone. (For the country breakdown of the screener / main interviews and field periods, please refer to "Survey details" in the Annex of this report.) Eligible respondents were top company managers, responsible for strategic decision-making, typically General Managers, owners, financial managers.

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