Towards a Taxonomy of Firms Engaged in International R&D Networks: an Evaluation of the Spanish Participation in Eureka


  • Bruno B. Fischer Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales, Universidad Complutense de Madrid/Grupo de Investigación en Economía y Política de la Innovación (GRINEI) Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • José Molero Professor of Applied Economics Universidad Complutense de Madrid Head of Grupo de Investigación en Economía y Política de la Innovación (GRINEI)



Innovation Policy, Eureka Programme, Spanish Innovation System, R&D Collaboration.


Innovation is increasingly becoming an internationalized process and a strategy that has recently been playing a central role in this scenario is that of R&D collaboration. To assess the outcomes of this strategy we develop an evaluation of Eureka Programme’s impact for the case of Spanish companies participating in this initiative and that had projects finished in the period 2000-2005. A total of 77 firms were assessed through statistical association methods and cluster analysis. Company size, Role in the Project, Firm Sector and R&D intensity are significantly associated with the projects’ impacts on Spanish participants. A consistent taxonomy is offered in which three clusters are built: (1) Risky Innovators; (2) Inventors; and (3) Consistent Innovators.


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Author Biography

Bruno B. Fischer, Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales, Universidad Complutense de Madrid/Grupo de Investigación en Economía y Política de la Innovación (GRINEI) Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Assistant Researcher at Instituto Complutense de Estudios Internacionales - Research Group on Economics and Innovation Policy


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How to Cite

Fischer, B. B., & Molero, J. (2012). Towards a Taxonomy of Firms Engaged in International R&D Networks: an Evaluation of the Spanish Participation in Eureka. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 7(3), 121–134.



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