Title: The role of regional location in innovativeness

Authors: Ana M. Romero-Martinez, Marta Ortiz-de-Urbina-Criado

Addresses: Facultad de Ciencias Economicas y Empresariales, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Campus de Somosaguas, Pozuelo de Alarcon-Madrid, 28223, Spain. ' Facultad de Ciencias Juridicas y Sociales, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Paseo de los Artilleros s/n, Madrid, 28032, Spain

Abstract: The relationship between innovation and regional location is the object of much debate in management studies. This paper analyses the role of the regional location environment in firms| innovative behaviour using data of 8,193 Spanish firms from different regions in Spain. Our results show that regional-specific factors (autonomous regions, spending on innovation, number of patents applied for and number of science and technology parks in the region) as well as other firm-specific factors (size, sector, turnover and start-up) have a significant impact on the innovativeness of Spanish companies.

Keywords: regional location; innovativeness; science parks; technology parks; Spain; autonomous regions; innovation expenditure; patents; firm size; industry sectors; turnover; start-ups.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2011.038831

International Journal of Technology Management, 2011 Vol.54 No.1, pp.94 - 115

Available online: 04 Mar 2011 *

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