Innovation as Objective: The SFINNO Approach
Research on innovations and innovative activity has been applying different sources of information to help in understanding the phenomenon and to investigate various research questions related to it. As the field of innovation studies is quite broad, incorporating various research topics which, in addition, can be approached from various perspectives, there cannot be one source of data superior to all others. Rather the different databases and information repositories offer diverse data, and thus are often taken as complementing rather than substituting each other. Most commonly used information sources include, for instance, patent databases and patent citation databases, innovation and R&D surveys, as well as R&D expenditure statistics. In the chapters of this book, the main source of innovation data has been the database of Finnish innovations, namely SFINNO. The database is developed, constructed and maintained by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
KeywordsLarge Firm Innovation Data Innovation Output Object Approach Innovation Study
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