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Knowledge, Capabilities and Manufacturing Innovation: A US-Europe Comparison
Regional Studies (2010)
  • Roper Stephen, University of Warwick
  • Jan Youtie
  • Andrea Fernández-Ribas, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Philip Shapira
This paper presents a comparative analysis of factors contributing to the innovation performance of manufacturing firms in Georgia (USA), Wales (UK), the West Midlands (UK), and Catalonia (Spain). Enabled by comparable survey data, multivariate probit models are developed to estimate how various types of firms’ innovative activities are influenced by links to external knowledge sources, internal resources, absorptive capacity, and public innovation support. The results suggest the potential for mutual learning. For the European study regions there are insights about how universities in Georgia support innovation. For Georgia and Catalonia there are lessons from UK firms about better capturing potential complementarities between innovation activities. Additional implications for innovation measurement and knowledge base development are discussed.
  • Knowledge capabilities,
  • Manufacturing,
  • Innovation,
  • Regional innovation policy,
  • Innovation survey,
  • CIS,
  • United States,
  • US,
  • Europe,
  • EU,
  • Georgia Manufacturing Survey
Publication Date
March, 2010
Citation Information
Roper Stephen, Jan Youtie, Andrea Fernández-Ribas and Philip Shapira. "Knowledge, Capabilities and Manufacturing Innovation: A US-Europe Comparison" Regional Studies Vol. 44 Iss. 3 (2010)
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