Is Irish innovation policy working? Evidence from high-technology businesses

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dc.contributor.author Jordan, Declan
dc.contributor.author O'Leary, Eoin
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-05T11:16:40Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-05T11:16:40Z
dc.date.issued 2008-10
dc.identifier.citation Jordan, D. and O'Leary, E. 'Is Irish innovation policy working? Evidence from Irish technology businesses', Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Vol.37, 2008, pp.1-44. en
dc.identifier.volume 37 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 44 en
dc.identifier.issn 0081-4776
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/2436
dc.description.abstract In the last decade Irish innovation policy has been focused on Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). This paper explores the effects of HEIs, in the context of interaction with other interaction agents, on the innovation output of Irish high-technology businesses. Based on a survey of 184 businesses in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical, Information and Communications Technology and Engineering and Electronic Devices sectors, the paper estimates the importance of in-house R&D activity and external interaction with HEIs, support agencies and other businesses for product and process innovation. A key finding is that the greater the frequency of direct interaction with HEIs the lower the probability of both product and process innovation in these businesses. There is some evidence of a positive indirect HEI effect, through complementarities of interactions with suppliers and support agencies. However, while external interaction is important for innovation output, there is little evidence that geographical proximity matters. These findings have important implications for Irish innovation policy. Last year’s Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation: 2006 to 2013 committed an additional €1.88 billion for research and commercialisation programmes in HEIs. The econometric results presented suggest that this substantial public investment in HEIs may have a disappointing, and perhaps even a negative, effect on the innovation output of Irish business, thus undermining future Irish prosperity. In addition, the absence of evidence supporting the existence of Irish clusters and networks for innovation suggests that policymakers long-standing support for these have been misguided. The paper concludes by advocating that innovation is a business rather than a technological phenomenon and argues for a changed role for HEIs to one of responding to innovative businesses. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland en
dc.relation.uri http://www.tara.tcd.ie/handle/2262/28015
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/ en
dc.subject Innovation en
dc.subject Research and development en
dc.subject Interaction en
dc.subject Innovation policy en
dc.title Is Irish innovation policy working? Evidence from high-technology businesses en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Declan Jordan, Economics, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: d.jordan@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2012-10-22T20:03:20Z
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dc.contributor.funder Enterprise Ireland en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland en
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