Supporting Knowledge and Policy-Based Stakeholders in Delivering Regional Impact: A Tool to Select Regional Scoreboard Indicators

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Democracy, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship for Growth book series (DIG)


Purpose: The aim of the research is to explore how regional stakeholders can improve local and regional innovation policies and the transfer of best practices by devising a technique that ranks the EU Innovation Scoreboard indicators and instructs which indicator, if improved, could have the greatest impact for the region. In the current research the themes selected are Technology Licensing (TL), Spin-Off Creation and Entrepreneurship (SCE) and University-Industry Relations (UIR).

Design/Methodology: The study adopts an empirical methodology, applying statistic and econometric techniques. Each of the five regions in the study had to define their current status (Scenario 0) and the desired improvement they would like to achieve (Future Scenario). The Scenario 0 was based on the level and growth rate of a set of innovation indicators from the EU Innovation Scoreboard that are likely to be influenced by TL, SCE and UIR. The future scenario was defined by considering the effect of the innovation indicators on the Total Factor Productivity (TFP).

Findings: The results from the TFP indicate, for each of the five regions in the study, which EU Innovation indicators should be focused on. For example, in the Southern and Easter region of Ireland the top-ranked indicators are (1) Non-R&D innovation expenditures as % of turnover (U-I Relations Indicator), (2) small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) introducing marketing or organisational innovations as % of SMEs (U-I Relations Indicator), (3) SMEs innovating in-house as % of SMEs (U-I Relations Indicator). Furthermore, the Southern and Eastern regions of Ireland should then concentrate their efforts on the development of practices and policies that could influence this indicator.

Practical Implications: This study provides guidance and instruction for regions and regional stakeholders on what innovation indicators they should focus on for the development of policies and knowledge transfer practices that can impact performance levels of the EU Innovation Scoreboard Indicators identified as potentially having the greatest impact.

Policy Implications: Regional stakeholders can utilise the approach adopted in this study to understand what innovation indicators from the Innovation Scoreboard they should select in order to deliver the greatest impact for the efforts (within a given theme). This tool can be supportive in the development of regional-based smart specialisations and regional development policy.

Originality/Value: Developing a technique that channels and instructs regional stakeholders where their innovation focus should be in terms of implementing practices and policies that drive innovation and competitive performance.


Regional development Knowledge transfer Innovation scoreboard Knowledge economy Total factor productivity Practices and policies Technology licensing Spin-off creation and entrepreneurship University–industry relations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE), Waterford Institute of TechnologyMunsterIreland
  2. 2.University of Porto, Faculty of Economics, and OBEGEF and CEFAGE-UBIPortoPortugal

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