R&D networks: evidence from a spatial econometric perspective

The third RISIS Research Seminar will take place on 11th November from 12:30 am to 2:00 pm (CET) and will focus on R&D networks and their effects on heterogeneous modes of knowledge creation: evidence from a spatial econometric perspective with a presentation of Dr. Martina Neuländtner and  Dr. Thomas Scherngell, AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology).  Dr.Rune Fitjar, University of Stavanger, is involved as a discussant.


The ’beneficial’ effect of  R&D  networks on regional knowledge creation is widely acknowledged. They constitute essential means to create new knowledge through collaborative research efforts and enable access to new knowledge by bridging the way to region-external knowledge bases.


However, the study demonstrates that the effects of R&D networks on regional knowledge creation vary for different modes of knowledge creation – exploitative and explorative – as well as for the quantity and quality of knowledge created. To explore these differences across European regions, the researchers estimated a set of spatial Durbin models (SDMs) with altering network indicators.


The results show that EU-funded networks are in general a significant driver for both modes of knowledge creation. Whereas the researchers find a higher positive impact of networks on explorative than on exploitative knowledge creation for the quantity of knowledge output, the opposite is true for knowledge quality.