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Innovation, Complexity and Policy

Contributions from 30 years of innovation policy research in Austria

Edited By Matthias Weber

This book brings together a set of contributions that show the breadth and depth of the scientific work of Josef Fröhlich and his influence on Austrian research, technology and innovation (RTI) policy. It is edited in honour of the occasion of his retirement as Head of Innovation Systems Department at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. The contributors provide an overview of important issues of debate at the intersection of innovation studies and government policy, which have been pivotal for the modernisation and consolidation of the Austrian innovation system since the early 1990s.

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Innovation Co-operation between industrial firms and universities in Austria: Key concepts and developments over time (Doris Schartinger / Bernhard Dachs)


Doris Schartinger, Bernhard Dachs

Innovation Co-operation between industrial firms and universities in Austria: Key concepts and developments over time

Abstract: The scientific interest in science-industry relations has a long tradition. In this paper, we analyse one type of science-industry relation that enables learning-by-interacting to take place – innovation cooperation. Empirically the paper draws on the CIS 2014, which includes Austrian industrial firms that co-operate with diverse partners in Austria and in foreign countries.

1 Introduction

Enterprises employ a variety of different inputs in their innovation processes. One of these inputs is knowledge acquired in co-operative projects from universities. Research in science-industry relations has a long tradition by now, with an increased attention during the last 25 years. The focal interest of these approaches always lies in the exploitation of academic insights which, in turn, yields financial rewards. This exploitation can happen in collaboration with industrial firms, who in their strive for competitiveness, interact with a variety of market and non-market organisations to facilitate their innovative performance. What is crucial for all interactions between these market and non-market organisations and institutions is the associated flow of knowledge.

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