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NEW EVIDENCE ON THE FIRM-UNIVERSITY LINKAGES IN EUROPE. THE ROLE OF MERITOCRATIC MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

Francesco Aiello, Paola Cardamone () and Valeria Pupo ()
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Paola Cardamone: Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza "Giovanni Anania" - DESF, Università della Calabria
Valeria Pupo: Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza "Giovanni Anania" - DESF, Università della Calabria

No 201905, Working Papers from Università della Calabria, Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza "Giovanni Anania" - DESF

Abstract: This paper investigates the determinants of university-industry links in five European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK), using internationally comparable firm-level data for the period 2007-2009. Besides the usual firm-specific variables, it examines the role of meritocratic management practices in firms’ decisions to collaborate in R&D. Firm innovative efforts, the export status and the R&D government support are positively related to business-university links in almost all countries, human capital and firms’ size in two out of five countries under scrutiny, while belonging to science-based sectors does not seem to play a significant role. Importantly, we find that meritocratic managerial practices positively affect the firm-university nexus in Germany, France and UK, while meritocracy does not appear to enhance businesses’ R&D collaboration in Italy and in Spain.

Keywords: industry-university links; European countries; R&D; manufacturing firms; meritocratic managerial practices (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O31 D21 C25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2019-04
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