Are Innovation and Internationalization Related? An Analysis of European Countries

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Filippetti, A, Frenz, M and Ietto-Gillies, G. (2011). Are Innovation and Internationalization Related? An Analysis of European Countries. Industry and Innovation. 18 (5), pp. 437-459.
AuthorsFilippetti, A, Frenz, M and Ietto-Gillies, G.
Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between countries' international profile and their innovation performance using data for 32 European countries. The overall contribution of the paper lies in: (a) an in-depth exploration of empirical correlations between innovation and several indicators of internationalization; and (b) the use of theoretical arguments—backed up by the literature—on why the observed correlations are not spurious but indicative of possible causality. Indicators of internationalization are considered with respect to each country as aggregate, to its technology-intensive industries only, and in relation to the share of its firms reporting international activities. On the basis of the empirical results, and the theoretical arguments presented, the paper suggests that underpinning the association is a virtuous (or vicious) circle: innovative firms are more successful in competing internationally and the exposure to alternative business and innovation contexts leads to innovation.

KeywordsInnovation; internationalization; European Innovation Scoreboard; 1503 Business And Management; Business & Management
Year2011
JournalIndustry and Innovation
Journal citation18 (5), pp. 437-459
PublisherLondon South Bank University
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/13662716.2011.583461
Publication dates
Print07 Jul 2011
Publication process dates
Deposited31 May 2018
Accepted07 Jun 2011
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY 4.0
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