Measuring Innovative Capacities of the Georgia Regions


  • Joseph Gogodze Institute Techinformi, Georgian Technical University, 47, Kostava St, Tbilisi, Georgia - 0179, Phone: +995(32) 335122.



regional innovation systems, composite indicator, factor analysis, clusters, developing countries, countries in transition


European Union (EU) experience reveal that the composite indicators are probably the most useful instruments for measuring the innovative capacities at the regional (sub-national) level. However, some gap exists in the current literature with respect to the elaboration of composite indicators for regional innovation systems (RISs) of developing countries. This article introduces the composite indicators GRIS and GCLS for measuring the regional innovative capacities (for GNUTS1 and GNUTS2 territorial classification levels, respectively). Georgia is a useful case-subject because its smallscale developing economy presents special challenges for elaborating the composite indicators for RISs. This article also includes a brief analysis using these composite indicators and indicates the significant heterogeneity among the innovative capacities of the Georgian regions.


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Author Biography

Joseph Gogodze, Institute Techinformi, Georgian Technical University, 47, Kostava St, Tbilisi, Georgia - 0179, Phone: +995(32) 335122.

Dr. Joseph Gogodze is Senior Researcher  of Institute Techinformi, Georgian Technical  University, Tbilisi, Georgia.


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How to Cite

Gogodze, J. (2013). Measuring Innovative Capacities of the Georgia Regions. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 8(3), 116–126.



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