This project investigates the relation between R&D collaboration, knowledge transfer, innovation, and firm performance in German biotechnology clusters. We analyze two key questions:
- Are firms in biotechnology clusters more innovative and successful? Existing studies showed that firms in clusters have more access to highly qualified labour and knowledge spillovers. This is particularly important in the biotechnology sector. Therefore, biotechnology clusters are likely important vehicles for regional innovation and growth. To investigate this, we will compare innovation activities and firm performance of biotechnology firms clusters, that is, in regionally concentrated areas with those outside of those areas.
- How do resources provided by regional cluster organisations (for instance, networking events) affect firm’s innovation and success? Concretely, we will investigate the additionality effects of active cluster policies on knowledge transfer, innovation, and performance within clusters. Moreover, we will analyse whether public R&D subsidies show additionality effects when assigned to firms in biotechnology clusters.
01.05.2019 - 31.08.2020
Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics
Prof. Dr. Hiroyuki Okamuro, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, JP
Prof. Dr. Patrick Llerena, BETA and University of Strassbourg, Strasbourg, FR
Prof. Dr. Stephane Lhuillery, Beta and NEOMA Business School, Mont Saint Aignan, FR
Prof. Junichi Nishimura, Ph.D., Gakushuin University, Tokyo, JP