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Innovation and Knowledge Creation in an Open Economy
Canadian Industry and International Implications

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  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521037136

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  • The book analyzes how manufacturing firms bring new and improved products and production processes to the market. It examines sources of innovative ideas and technologies; the role of R&D activity; the use of patent protection and other government policies; and the effect of innovation on employment and various performance indicators such as profitability and export performance. It reveals how these processes differ between small and large firms; domestic and multinationals, and across industries. Although the primary focus is on Canadian manufacturing firms, the results are adjusted to reflect recent empirical studies from other industrialized countries.

    • A survey on innovation across all industries in a country and its international implications
    • Outlines all steps in industrial innovation, from R&D, product development, production processes, labour roles, to promotion
    • Useful for all developed countries and LDCs
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This splendid empirical study of industrial innovation turns away from great isolated discoveries to the continuing process by which firms organize activities for innovations large and small. Innovation emerges as a rational process, pursued by each firm in light of its size, information sources, and resources for protecting and exploiting its discoveries. Bringing into the home market an innovation established abroad differs only in scope from devising a worldwide first." Richard Caves, Harvard University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521037136
    • length: 544 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.813kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus. 160 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables and figures
    1. The economics of knowledge creation
    2. The innovation survey
    3. Patterns of innovation: intensity and types
    4. Sources of innovations
    5. Research and development and innovation
    6. Effects of innovation
    7. Innovation and research and development in small and large firms
    8. Innovation regimes and type of innovation
    9. The use of intellectual property rights
    10. Multinationals and the Canadian innovation process
    11. Financing and the cost of innovation
    12. The diffusion of innovation
    13. Strategic capabilities in innovative businesses
    14. Determinants of innovation
    15. Summary

  • Authors

    John R. Baldwin, Statistics Canada

    Petr Hanel, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

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