Exploring the Relation Between the Degree of Novelty of Innovations and User–Producer Interaction Across Different Income Regions

Cristina Chaminade, CIRCLE, Lund University

The presentation is based in a forthcoming paper on the relation between the degree of novelty and user-producer interactions across different income regions. User–producer interactions have been recognized as important for innovation. With the rapid growth of emerging economies’ markets, and an increasing degree of technological sophistication of both users and producers in those markets, user–producer interaction is becoming global. Using original firm-level data, this paper explores how collaboration with users in different income regionsaffects the degree of innovations’ novelty. We find that collaborating with international users is positively related to higher degrees of novelty. Furthermore, firms in low- and middle income countries will benefit more from south–south user collaboration than a south–north one. During the presentation I will also discuss the implications of the changing geography of innovation for innovation studies´ future research agenda

About the speaker
Cristina Chaminade is full professor in Innovation Studies at Lund University and coordinator of the research area on Globalization of Innovation at Circle. She holds a doctoral degree in Economics from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. She is one of the leading experts in globalization of innovation, particularly in global innovation networks and innovation in emerging economies. She has actively worked on innovation in developing countries for over 15 years, particularly China, India, South Africa, Thailand, and Brazil . She’s been advisor of international organizations such as the European Commission, UNCTAD, OECD and UN-ECLAC. Her research focuses mainly on understanding how firms, regions and nations create and use knowledge for innovation when knowledge is globally distributed, and how policies can be designed to support innovation in a global context. Theoretically, her main anchor is the system of innovation approach and a key concept in her research is that of Global Innovation Networks.She has published in international journals, refereed books and handbooks in the fields of innovation, development studies and knowledge management like Research Policy, Industry and Innovation, World Development, Innovation and Development and European Planning Studies. She is one of the editors of the Handbook of Innovation Systems in Developing Countries published by Edward Elgar in 2009. Currently she is coordinating two research projects dealing with globalization of innovation: one on emerging multinationals in Europe, and another one on regional variety and global innovation networks funded by Riksbanken and the Wallenberg foundation respectively.

Venue: A0.23 (TS 53)

Date: 10 September 2014

Time: 13:30 - 15:00


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