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International knowledge flows between industry inventors and universities: The role of multinational companies

Claudio Fassio (), Aldo Geuna () and Federica Rossi ()

No 2019/13, Papers in Innovation Studies from Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy

Abstract: We investigate the determinants of industry researchers’ interactions with universities in different localities, distinguishing between local and international universities. We analyze the extent to which local and international interactions are enabled by different types of individual personal networks (education, career based), and by their access to different business networks through their employer companies (local vs. domestic or international multinational company networks). We control for selection bias and numerous other individual and firm-level factors identified in the literature as important determinants of interaction with universities. Our findings suggest that industry researchers’ personal networks play a greater role in promoting interactions with local universities (i.e. in the same region, and other regions in the same country) while researcher employment in a multinational is especially important for establishing interaction with universities abroad.

Keywords: University-industry interaction; international knowledge flows; MNEs; social network; education network; career network (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F23 I23 L24 O31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-knm, nep-lma, nep-sbm, nep-soc and nep-ure
Date: 2019-10-04
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