Individual effects of innovation-related collaboration on firm performance

Definition

Perceived importance of a number of hypothetical effects of collaboration for innovation, relating to a period of three years prior to the survey. Items include the following:

  • Increased range of goods and services
  • Entered new markets or increased market share
  • Improved quality in goods or services
  • Improved flexibility of production or service provision
  • Increased capacity of production or service provision
  • Reduced labour costs per unit output
  • Reduced materials and energy per unit output
  • Reduced environmental impacts or improved health and safety
  • Met regulation requirements

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): “How important were each of the following effects of your product (good or service) and process innovations introduced during the reference period?

  • Increased range of goods and services
  • Entered new markets or increased market share
  • Improved quality in goods or services
  • Improved flexibility of production or service provision
  • Increased capacity of production or service provision
  • Reduced labour costs per unit output
  • Reduced materials and energy per unit output
  • Reduced environmental impacts or improved health and safety
  • Met regulation requirements”

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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