Industry- and firm-specific factors of innovation novelty

Ana Paula Faria, School of Economics and Management at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

This paper investigates the underlying factors that might shape the firm’s choices with respect to degrees of innovation novelty. Using a sample of 2983 firms observed under the Portuguese Community Innovation Survey, we assess the relative relevance of a set of firm- and industry-specific factors in explaining firms’ choices about incremental or radical innovation. The results indicate that both the firm’s idiosyncratic historical factors giving rise to heterogeneous R&D capabilities and the industry context have power to shape the firm’s innovation choices, even though firm-specific factors appear to be more powerful. The estimated impacts on firm’s innovation novelty are, nonetheless, significantly moderated by the type of firm and industry

About the speaker
Ana Paula Faria is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics in the School of Economics and Management at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. She received a Ph.D. in Economics from The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, in 2001. She has published articles on the economics of technical change and productivity in journals such a: Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Applied Economics, Empirica, Journal of Technology Transfer, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, International Journal of Innovation Management, Industry and Innovation, Innovation: Management, policy & practice. She has visited several institutions: the University of California at Berkeley, U.S.A., InHolland University at Amsterdam and InHolland University at Haarlem, The Netherlands, Binus Nusantara University at Jakarta, Indonesia, and the Banco de Portugal. More information is available on her website:

Venue: Conference Room

Date: 19 September 2013

Time: 12:30 - 13:30  CEST