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Determinants de la competitivitat de les petites i micro empreses en un entorn dinnovació

by Fernández Ardèvol, Mireia

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SUMMARY: Our research goal is to analyze some of the factors that favor the competitiveness of small and micro companies. Specifically, we analyze the ability to improve the company competitiveness through the relationship among the productive fabric and the University and research system. The analytical question is the study of the way how companies innovate to succeed in the markets. In particular how they take profit of the surrounding resources to achieve the intermediate goal of innovation and the final goal of profitability. We put our attention in two specific determinants of innovation which also affect business performance: first of all cooperation activities, and more generally networking with external agents; and secondly, the capabilities of the company, more precisely, its absorptive capability. The empirical analysis is based on a survey of companies belonging to an innovative milieu, delimited and predefined, created and managed by Barcelona Activa, the local development agency created by the City Council of Barcelona. In order to analyze the paths through which some organizational characteristics and strategies favor the company performance, we used path analysis models. Because of the fieldwork, data are cross section and mainly qualitative so we took a Bayesian approach using MCMC (Markov Chain Monte Carlo) algorithms for the estimation of the models. The empirical results show that cooperation with universities and research centers favors both innovation and business performance in that specific non university innovative milieu.
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Advisor:Lladós Masllorens, Josep; Artís Ortuño, Manuel

School:Universitat de Barcelona

School Location:Spain

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:econometria estadística i economia espanyola

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Date of Publication:03/17/2009

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