Although the F&D industry remains Europe’s largest manufacturing sector, the study of its innovation activities has been quite neglected. Starting from the widespread assumption that F&D manufacturers are essentially low-tech, we formulated hypotheses about how they conduct innovation outside organisational boundaries. These were tested on data drawn from a sample of 54’088 manufacturing firms in 14 European countries, participating in Eurostat’s 2008 Community Innovation Survey. Results show that F&D manufacturers make a fair use of external sources of information, but still relatively less than other manufacturing firms. Innovation cooperation seems to be more relevant, particularly when compared to other sectors.

Open innovation in the European Food & Drink industry: a CIS-based empirical study

GRECO, Marco;GRIMALDI, Michele;CRICELLI, Livio
2015

Abstract

Although the F&D industry remains Europe’s largest manufacturing sector, the study of its innovation activities has been quite neglected. Starting from the widespread assumption that F&D manufacturers are essentially low-tech, we formulated hypotheses about how they conduct innovation outside organisational boundaries. These were tested on data drawn from a sample of 54’088 manufacturing firms in 14 European countries, participating in Eurostat’s 2008 Community Innovation Survey. Results show that F&D manufacturers make a fair use of external sources of information, but still relatively less than other manufacturing firms. Innovation cooperation seems to be more relevant, particularly when compared to other sectors.
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