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The role of regional location in innovativeness


The relationship between innovation and regional location is the object of much debate in management studies. This paper analyses the role of the regional location environment in firms’ innovative behaviour using data of 8,193 Spanish firms from different regions in Spain. Our results show that regional-specific factors (autonomous regions, spending on innovation, number of patents applied for and number of science and technology parks in the region) as well as other firm-specific factors (size, sector, turnover and start-up) have a significant impact on the innovativeness of Spanish companies.

Keywords: software industry, regional location, innovativeness, science and technology parks

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