Firm Capabilities and Cooperation for Innovation: Evidence from the UK Regions

  • Simona IammarinoEmail author
  • Mariacristina Piva
  • Marco Vivarelli
  • Nick von Tunzelmann
Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)


This chapter focuses on the relationship between firms’ technological competencies and capabilities and different forms of cooperation for innovation by combining the analysis of both micro and meso levels, i.e. the level of the firm and of the geographical region. Our findings, based on the Fourth UK Community Innovation Survey (CIS), provide new insights regarding the relationship between cooperative linkages for innovation and firms’ technological status. Firstly, the distinction between competencies and capabilities adopted in this chapter seems appropriate for going beyond the rather simplistic dichotomy of ‘innovative’ versus ‘non-innovative’ firms commonly used in interpreting CIS data. Secondly, we find that the analysis for the UK as a whole masks stark regional differences in terms of intra- and extra-region collaborative linkages and firms’ technological status.


Cooperation for innovation Firms’ technological competencies and capabilities UK regions 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 216813.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simona Iammarino
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mariacristina Piva
    • 2
  • Marco Vivarelli
    • 2
  • Nick von Tunzelmann
    • 3
  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK
  2. 2.Università Cattolica del Sacro CuorePiacenzaItaly
  3. 3.Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU)University of SussexBrightonUK

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