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Innovation co operation involves active participation in joint innovation projects with other organisations. These may either be other enterprises or non commercial institutions. The partners need not derive immediate commercial benefit from the venture. Pure contracting out of work, where there is no active collaboration, is not regarded as co operation. Co operation is distinct from open information sources and acquisition of knowledge and technology in that all parties take an active part in the work.

Innovation co operation allows enterprises to access knowledge and technology that they would be unable to utilise on their own. There is also great potential for synergies in co operation as partners learn from each other.

Source Publication:
OECD, 2005, “The Measurement of Scientific and Technological Activities: Guidelines for Collecting and Interpreting Innovation Data: Oslo Manual, Third Edition” prepared by the Working Party of National Experts on Scientific and Technology Indicators, OECD, Paris, para. 271.

Statistical Theme: Science and technology statistics

Created on Friday, September 9, 2005