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    Innovation intermediaries and performance-based incentives: a case study of regional innovation poles

    Russo, M. and Caloffi, A. and Rossi, Federica and Righi, R. (2018) Innovation intermediaries and performance-based incentives: a case study of regional innovation poles. Science and Public Policy 46 (1), pp. 1-12. ISSN Online ISSN 1471-5430 Print ISSN 0302-3427.

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    A growing number of innovation policies rely on publicly funded innovation intermediaries to provide knowledge-intensive services to firms, particularly small and medium-sized ones. The performance of innovation intermediaries is often assessed using indicators that need to be closely aligned with policy objectives to be effective. However, this alignment is difficult to achieve and is often overlooked in practice. We analyse the relationship between performance indicators and the behaviour of intermediaries by examining a case study of innovation intermediaries funded with public resources in Tuscany (Italy). The intermediaries implemented actions that allowed them to achieve their performance targets rapidly. However, due to a misalignment between indicators and policy objectives, these actions were not entirely consistent with the latter. After reviewing the literature on this key issue, we build on our findings to suggest how to design performance indicators that can induce intermediaries to more effectively support the achievement of policy objectives.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication following peer review. The version of record is available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Performance-based funding, innovation policy, innovation intermediaries, innovation poles
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Federica Rossi
    Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 15:53
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:40


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