Title: Reflecting on the innovative performances of European regions in the age of smart specialisation

Authors: João Lopes; Luís Farinha; João J.M. Ferreira

Addresses: Department of Management and Economics (DGE), University of Beira Interior (UBI) and NECE – Research Unit in Business Sciences, Estrada do Sineiro, s/n., 6200-209 Covilhã, Portugal ' Department of Management and Economics (DGE), Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco (IPCB) and NECE – Research Unit in Business Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Estrada do Sineiro, s/n., 6200-209 Covilhã, Portugal ' Department of Management and Economics (DGE), University of Beira Interior (UBI) and NECE – Research Unit in Business Sciences, Estrada do Sineiro, s/n., 6200-209 Covilhã, Portugal

Abstract: This study seeks to identify the variables that best explain the performances of innovative regions of Europe deploying regional strategies for smart specialisation. We follow a quantitative methodology and applied linear regression as a method. To conduct this study, we collected data from the Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2016. The results led to an explanatory invocation performance model for moderate innovator regions, and while also identifying some potential measures and suggestions in order to help decision-makers improve on the innovation performance of these regions.

Keywords: innovation; regions; smart specialisation; RIS; RIS3.

DOI: 10.1504/GBER.2019.101871

Global Business and Economics Review, 2019 Vol.21 No.5, pp.605 - 623

Received: 25 Aug 2017
Accepted: 15 Mar 2018

Published online: 16 Apr 2019 *

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