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Connecting the Mediterranean system of innovation: a functional perspective
ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain.
ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain.
2011 (English)In: EuroMed Journal of Business, ISSN 1450-2194, E-ISSN 1758-888X, Vol. 6, no 1, 46-62 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a first exploratory overview of the Mediterraneansystemof innovation and present the results of interactiveworkwith 25 innovation delegates fromnorthernand southernMediterranean countries.The studycomes at awatershed for theUnion for theMediterranean,which is drawing up innovation policies for the future and debating ways of boosting core activities.

Design/methodology/approach – This research benefits from the established literature oninnovation systems (IS) to study how Mediterranean countries are enhancing their innovationcapabilities. In collaboration with the European Institute of the Mediterranean, this research inviteddelegates from northern and southern Mediterranean countries, programme directors andrepresentatives from the European Commission to discuss national and regional innovation activitiesin their own countries.

Findings – The data shed light on how activities conducted by public and private organisationsinfluence the IS functions, revealing shifting services and business models. Finally, the data highlightedthe need to draw up an innovation strategy to boost R&D capabilities.

Originality/value – The value of this research lies in the application of the well-established IS approach to the Mediterranean case and a description of existing enabling and blocking mechanisms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2011. Vol. 6, no 1, 46-62 p.
Keyword [en]
Europe, International cooperation, Innovation, National Systems of Innovation
National Category
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-110359DOI: 10.1108/14502191111130307OAI: diva2:744828
Available from: 2014-09-08 Created: 2014-09-08 Last updated: 2014-10-14Bibliographically approved

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