The Chilean Sectoral Innovation Systems

An Approach from The National Innovation Survey


  • Cristian Gutierrez Escuela de Administración y Economía, Univ. Católica Silva Henríquez.
  • Verónica Roa CINCEL-ANID, Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología, Conocimiento e Innovación
  • Jerome Smith Escuela de Administración y Economía, Univ. Católica Silva Henríquez



This paper proposes a configuration and characterisation of the economic sectors in Chile applying Malerba’s sectoral innovation systems approach. Its objective is to examine the existence of sectoral systems of innovation in Chile and their characteristics.

Using data from the Chilean Tenth Innovation Survey of Firms, a three-step statistical analysis was performed. In the first step, 15 variables were chosen and converted by factor analysis into four components reflecting the configuration of the sectoral system. In the second step, a cluster analysis was carried out to determine the characterisation of the sectors. In the final step, a simple econometric model was developed to estimate a proxy for the propensity to patent of the economic sectors.

It is possible to discover the existence of three groups of sectoral innovation systems. One is characterised by a low propensity to patent. Another one uses market information and some effort in R&D to innovate. A third one is characterised by a strong use of market sources, high effort in R&D, strong networking and collaboration, and a close interaction with the industrial property system.

This paper shows the usefulness of composite variables in identifying those sectors with higher propensity to patent. In particular, the factor networks and collaboration is the most important. This last is important to highlight in terms of policies in science and technology that aim to establish formal mechanisms to share common knowledge strengthening the relationships among the different players of the innovation process


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How to Cite

Gutierrez, C., Roa , V. ., & Smith, J. . (2021). The Chilean Sectoral Innovation Systems: An Approach from The National Innovation Survey. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 16(1), 3–13.



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