Chapter 10: Evaluating the Links between Research and Deployment Networks of Innovation in Information Society in Europe
Lorenzo Cassi, Nicoletta Corrocher, Franco Malerba and Nicholas S. Vonortas 1. INTRODUCTION This chapter assesses the effectiveness of network collaboration and knowledge transfers within the Information Society and Technology programme for Research and Technology Development (IST-RTD) within the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) and suggests ways to strengthen the links between IST-RTD, innovation and deployment at the EU and regional levels. It draws on the report “Networks of Innovation in Information Society: Development and Deployment in Europe”, European Commission, DG Information Society and Media, 2006. It also builds on earlier studies1 of IST-RTD networks to examine the extent to which networks are serving the purposes of regional reach and exchange. In particular, the study complements those earlier ones by going one step further to examine the link between research, innovation and IST technology deployment activities at the EU, national and regional levels. While research networks were the central focus of the earlier studies, the effects of networks on market application and deployment of new IST technologies become the central focus of the present evaluation study. The study combines quantitative network indicators and field interviews. Its limitations should be also emphasized. Given the concentration of network indicators only on formal (observed) linkages and the limited number of interviews conducted, the study only evaluates a small part of the overall European picture of knowledge flows across networks and regions. Therefore, rather than aiming at generalization, the study purports to identify trends and issues, and to put forward observations regarding the efficacy of European...
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