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The Technical-Industrial Research Institutes in the Norwegian Innovation System

Lars Nerdrum and Magnus Gulbrandsen

in Innovation, Path Dependency, and Policy

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199551552
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720819 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551552.003.0012
The Technical-Industrial Research Institutes in the Norwegian Innovation System

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This chapter analyses the role of technical-industrial research institutes for industrial innovation in Norway. Using statistical data and a survey among firms, it is shown that there are many different types of interaction between institutes and firms. In addition to R&D and technical services, the institutes are a significant source of skilled manpower for firms. Three central roles for the institutes are highlighted: they are a learning partner for industry, they help increase absorptive capacity, and they constitute a flexible repository in the innovation system by helping firms in peak periods and by reducing the pressure on universities through assisting in teaching and supervision.

Keywords: innovation system; Norway; learning; absorptive capacity

Chapter.  7648 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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