In this paper we analyse the decision of firms in the Canadian manufacturing sector to co-operate on innovation projects. Our focus is on the motives behind this decision and the firm characteristics, both general and with respect to innovation activities, which influence the motives for innovation co-operation. Using data from the Canadian Survey of Innovation 2005 we find that the factors influencing the decision to co-operate in order to access external knowledge are very similar to those influencing cost-sharing motives. We also show that public funding leads firms to cooperate in order to access external knowledge and R&D.
Schmidt, Tobias (2007), Motives for Innovation Co-operation - Evidence from the Canadian Survey of Innovation, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 07-018, Mannheim, published in: Statistics Canada Innovation. Download