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Benchmarking regional innovative performance: composite measures and direct innovation counts.

Makkonen, T and Have, RPVD (2013) Benchmarking regional innovative performance: composite measures and direct innovation counts. SCIENTOMETRICS, 94, 1. pp. 247-262.

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Abstract

There is a considerable amount of discussion, but still no consensus, about which indicator should be used to measure innovation. To participate in this debate, a unique innovation database, SFINNO, is introduced. Innovation counts from the database are used as the baseline, to which individual proxy indicators (patent- and research and development statistics) of innovation and innovation indexes, constructed here with principal component analysis, are compared. The local administrative units of Finland serve as the regional units benchmarked. The study results show that innovation is a complex phenomenon which cannot be entirely explained through the use of proxy statistics, as the linkages between innovation input- and output-indicators are fuzzy. We also show that the strength of these linkages varies by field of technology. Furthermore, different innovation measures produce highly divergent rankings when they are used as benchmarking tools of regional innovative performance. Although the produced innovation indexes perform slightly better, their superiority is marginal. Therefore, caution should be taken before drawing too drastic policy conclusions depending on a single measure of regional innovative performance

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Makkonen, TUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Have, RPVDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2013
Identification Number : 10.1007/s11192-012-0753-2
Additional Information : The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11192-012-0753-2
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 20 Oct 2015 16:40
Last Modified : 20 Oct 2015 16:40
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/808851

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