Barriers that have negatively affected firms’ innovation-related collaboration

Definition

Perceived barriers which have been negatively affecting innovation-related collaboration in the reference period (three years prior to the survey). Items include the following:

  • Lack of funds within your enterprise/group;
  • Lack of finance from external sources;
  • Innovation costs too high;
  • Lack of qualified personnel;
  • Lack of information on technology;
  • Lack of information on markets;
  • Difficulty in finding cooperation partners;
  • Markets dominated by established enterprises;
  • Uncertain demand for innovative products;
  • No need to innovate.

Unit of observation

All enterprises, or: organisations, or: establishments.

Reporting unit

R&D managers (in smaller organisations: owners or general managers) or person with responsibility for innovation related activities.

Operationalisation

Survey question (from CIS): “During the reference period, how important were the following factors for hampering your innovation activities or projects or influencing a decision not to innovate?

  • Lack of funds within your enterprise/group;
  • Lack of finance from external sources;
  • Innovation costs too high;
  • Lack of qualified personnel;
  • Lack of information on technology;
  • Lack of information on markets;
  • Difficulty in finding cooperation partners;
  • Markets dominated by established enterprises;
  • Uncertain demand for innovative products;
  • No need to innovate.”

Complementary indicators

n.a.

Relation to existing indicators

This is an existing indicator from the European Community Innovation Survey.

Methodological issues concerning application of the indicator

The value of this indicator is limited by the fact that only firms that have confirmed innovative activities in the reference period are asked whether they have collaborated in this context.

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