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Networking and knowledge transfer between research and industry in transition countries: Empirical evidence from the Slovenian innovation system

: Koschatzky, K.


The journal of technology transfer (2002), No.27, pp.27-38
ISSN: 0892-9912
ISSN: 1573-7047
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ISI ()
technological change; choice and consequence; transactional relationship; contract and reputation

Using empirical data from innovation survey carried out in the Republic of Slovenia in 1997, 1998, the paper analyses the innovation-relevant co-operation pattern between different kinds of research institutes and industry. The hypothesis is made that system transformation is not yet accomplished in Slovenia, and that the innovation system is still fragmented. While there is intense co-operation between Slovenian research institutes and companies, the level of co-operation between university institutes and industrial firms remains below the average of all Slovenian research institutes. Although one focal point in the co-operation activities of university institutes is the support of firms in market introduction. Mainly larger institutes co-operate with larger firms, whereas small institutes hardly co-operate. Consequently the challenge of innovation policy is to integrate all participants of the Slovenian innvation system in a structure of mutual and information exchange.