How Important are Knowledge Intensive Business Services for Innovation? A Brief Discussion Based on the Spanish Case
Palabras clave:KIBS, innovation, interactions, system
ResumenThis paper aims at discussing the importance of knowledge intensive business services (KIBS) for innovation based on the Spanish case. Our findings point to an active role of these activities as innovators, showing similar levels than medium or even high-tech manufacturing. Nevertheless, we do not find support to affirm that KIBS play an outstanding role as knowledge carriers and bridges for innovation, as usually emphasised by the literature. On the contrary, universities and technological centres are seen as much more active partners and sources for innovation by Spanish companies. The latter suggests that in the Spanish innovation system there is a well differentiated role of KIBS and the public knowledge infrastructure formed by universities, research and large part of the technological centres.
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