Firms’ linkages with universities and public research institutes in Argentina: factors driving the selection of different channels


By Valeria Arza

Knowledge flows between public research organisations (PROs) and firms may occur through various channels. Channel selection may have different drivers and effects. Although much research has been carried out on the drivers of firms and researchers to connect with each other, less attention has been paid to the determinants of the selection of different channels of interaction. This research analysis factors driving firms’ selection of different channels of interactions with public research organisations (PROs), both public research institutes (PRIs) and universities (UNIs). The paper estimates bi-variate probit models with sample selection using micro data for 2007 from a representative survey of Argentinean firms. The classification of channels is based on previous research for Latin America and includes four types according to the main goals that firms and public research organisations seek when interacting: traditional, service, commercial and bi-directional channels. We find that factors driving the selection of the bi-directional channel are different from those driving selection of the others. In particular, firms choosing this channel employ a more skilled workforce and generally interact with PRIs and UNIs in order to benefit their own innovative activities. Thus, this commitment to knowledge capabilities and innovation when firms use the bi-directional channel may enhance the potential of PRO–firm interactions to upgrade the national innovation system (NIS).

page: 47 – 72
Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation
Volume 30, Issue 1

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