Keywords: R&, amp, D, research and development, international cooperation, innovation policy, evaluation, national innovation, regional innovation, enterprise strategies, collaboration, collaborative innovation
The role of national and regional innovation programmes in stimulating international cooperation in innovation
Innovation programmes have direct and indirect effects on enterprise strategies. In this paper we argue that national and regional programmes, not necessarily designed to increase international links, indirectly leverage international collaborative innovation, by providing additional funding, experience in domestic collaboration, and learning about public funding application rules. Our empirical findings confirm a positive (but small) influence of domestic-level programmes on the probability that a firm develops innovation with foreign partners. Implications for policy are multiple, including the need to consider systemic measures of innovation when evaluating the impacts of innovation programmes on firm's behaviour.