The Innovation Process and Network Activities of Manufacturing Firms

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Abstract

This chapter continues to contribute to our understanding of both the innovation process and the process of network formation by emphasising that the interactive nature of the innovation process has broken down the distinction between innovation and diffusion so that the creation of knowledge and its assimilation via networks are part of a single process. The discussion is enriched with empirical evidence from a comprehensive questionnaire of manufacturing firms in the metropolitan region of Vienna. The study confirms the vital importance of customer and user producer linkages and co-operation in the pre-competitive stage of the innovation process.