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Bart Van Looy Faculty of Economics and Applied Economics and Steunpunt O&O Statistieken, K. U. Leuven; Research Division INCENTIM, Faculty of Economics and Applied Economics, K. U. Leuven Leuven (Belgium); Leuven (Belgium);

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Koenraad Debackere Faculty of Economics and Applied Economics and Steunpunt O&O Statistieken, K. U. Leuven; Research Division INCENTIM, Faculty of Economics and Applied Economics, K. U. Leuven Leuven (Belgium); Leuven (Belgium);

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Julie Callaert Research Division INCENTIM, Faculty of Economics and Applied Economics, K. U. Leuven Leuven (Belgium); Leuven (Belgium);

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Robert Tijssen CWTS Leiden (The Netherlands) Leiden (The Netherlands)

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Summary  

Today's theories and models on innovation stress the importance of scientific capabilities and science-technology proximity, especially in new emerging fields of economic activity. Inthis contribution we examine the relationship between national scientific capabilities, the science intensity of technology and technological performance within six emergent industrial fields. Our findings reveal that national technological performance is positively associated with scientific capabilities. Countries performing better on a technological level are characterized both by larger numbers of publications and by numbers of involved institutions that exceed average expected values. The latter observation holds for both companies and knowledge generating institutes actively involved in scientific activities. As such, our findings seem to suggest beneficial effects of scientific capabilities shouldered by a multitude of organizations. In addition, higher numbers of patent activity coincide with higher levels of science intensity pointing out the relevance of science 'proximity' when developing technology in newer, emerging fields. Limitations and directions for further research are discussed.

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Scientometrics
Language English
Size B5
Year of
Foundation
1978
Volumes
per Year
1
Issues
per Year
12
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
Founder's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Publisher's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
CH-6330 Cham, Switzerland Gewerbestrasse 11.
Responsible
Publisher
Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 0138-9130 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2861 (Online)