Knowledge flows between public research organisation (PRO) and firms occur through different channels. The selection of specific channels may have different drivers and effects. This research aims at analysing factors driving firms’ selection of different channels of interactions with public research institutes (PRI) and universities (UNI). The paper estimates bi-variate Probit models with sample selection using micro data for Argentina. The classification of channels is based on previous research for Latin America and includes four types: traditional, service, commercial and bi-directional channels. We find that factors driving the selection of the bi-directional channel are different to those
driving other channels. In particular, firms choosing this channel employ more skilled workforce and they generally pursue interactions with PRI and UNI with the intention of contributing to their own innovative activities. This commitment to knowledge capabilities and innovation may enhance the potential of PRO-firm interactions to upgrade the national innovation system (NIS) if they occur through the bi-directional channel.

Autores: Valeria Arza y Claudia Vazquez

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Cita: Arza, V. and Vazquez, C., (2012). ‘Firms’ Linkages with Universities and Public Research Institutes in Argentina: Factors Driving the Selection of Different Channels’, Public support for innovation revisited: beyond university-industry linkages. Prometheus. Vol 30. No. 1 pp. 47-72

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