Technology Learning of SMEs in Global Networks of Innovators

Monika Petraite*, Muhammad Mubarak Faraz, Max von Zedtwitz

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Technological learning within national innovation systems is a core concern of innovation policy makers and innovating firms. However, the opening of economies, the globalisation of innovation networks, and the internationalisation of innovation expose innovators to a variety of knowledge and technological learning interactions within different networks and ecosystems. Navigating technology learning interactions efficiently remains an unsolved problem, especially within the context open economies in transition. We apply SEM-PLS to a survey of 230 firms investigating the role of international networks for technological learning within national innovation systems. We demonstrate support for a full mediating role of global innovation system networks for technology learning within NIS, in contradiction to prevalent understanding about learning patterns within NIS.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ISPIM Connects Global 2020 : Celebrating the World of Innovation
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationManchester
Publication date2020
ISBN (Electronic)9789523355668
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventXXXI ISPIM Innovation Conference 2020: Innovating in Times of Crisis - Online
Duration: 7 Jun 202010 Jun 2020
Conference number: 31


ConferenceXXXI ISPIM Innovation Conference 2020
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  • National innovation system
  • Technological learning
  • Teachnology upgrading
  • International innovation networks
  • Knowledge sourcing

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