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The research carried out by the University-Business Chair will focus on the sphere of innovation and examine the nature of the agents involved in the innovation system and how its agents interact with those of other regions.

Innovation will be analyzed at both the regional and sectoral levels, and from two key perspectives: the regional innovation system (the actors involved in the innovation process in Catalonia) and the sectoral system of innovation (the actors involved in the leading sectoral and technological clusters: pharmacy and biotechnology, advanced information and communication technologies and services targeted at companies, automotion, the financial system, etc.)

Applied research will address the micro dimension of innovation. In this regard, it will focus on those companies that are most innovative and the relationship between different types of innovation within the company: product, process, organization and marketing (Oslo Manual, 2005), the effect of the local environment on innovation, etc. The objective of this research is to design a protocol that will encourage innovation as a strategic operation for Catalan companies and ultimately improve how innovation is managed in the companies.

The results of these studies will be published in prestigious international journals such as Research Policy, Growth and Change, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Review of Industrial Organization, Small Business Economics and International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal.

List of recent publications by the staff attached to the chair:

Costa-Campi, María Teresa , JoséGarcía-Quevedo, José i Segarra, Agustí (2015): "Energy efficiency determinants: An empiricalanalysis of Spanish innovative firms", Energy Policy, forthcoming,

Segarra, A. (2014): "La política de innovación", Mediterráneo Económico, 25, 251-264.

Audretsch, D.B.; Coad, A.; Segarra,A. (2014): "Firm growth and innovation", Small Business Economics, 43(4), 743-749.

Audretsch, D. B.; Segarra, A.; Teruel, M. (2014): "Why not all young firms invest in R&D", Small Business Economics, 43(4), 751-766.

Segarra, A.; Teruel, M. (2014): "High-Growth Firms andinnovation: an empirical analysis for Spanish firms", Small Business Economics, 43(4), 805-821.

Segarra, A. (2013) "El paper de la URV sobre el territori: una proposta per retre comptes", Revista Econòmica de Catalunya, 67: 16-27.

Coad, A.; Segarra, A. i Teruel, M. (2013): “Like milk or wine: does firm performance improve with age?”, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 24: 173-189.

Segarra, A. i Teruel, M. (2012). “An Appraisal of Firm Size Distrubtion; Does Sample Size Matter?”, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 82(1): 314-328.

Coad, A. i Teruel, M (2012): “Inter-firm rivalry and firm growth: is there any evidence of direct competition between firms?”, Industrial and Corporate Change, June 2012: 1-29

Segarra, A. i Teruel, M. (2011). "Productivity and R&D sources: evidence for Catalan firms", Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 20(8): 727-748.

Segarra, A. (2010). “Innovation and productivity in manufacturing and service firms in Catalonia: a regional approach”, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 19 (3, 233-258).

Segarra, A. i Teruel. M. (2010): “Obstáculos de las empresas para innovar”. Análisis sobre ciencia e innovación en España. 14: 444-473.

Agustí Segarra Blasco (2009): Dinámica empresarial e innovación: la incidencia del espacio, Investigaciones Regionales, VOL. 15: 5-23

David B. Audretsch (2009): Capital emprendedor y crecimiento económico, Investigaciones Regionales, VOL. 15:  27-35

María Callejón* y Vicente Ortún (2009): La caja negra de la dinámica empresarial, Investigaciones Regionales, VOL. 15:167-189

Mercedes Teruel Carrizosa and Agustí Segarra Blascoa (2009): Immigration and Firm Performance: a city-level, Investigaciones Regionales, VOL. 15:111-137

José García Quevedo y Sergio Afcha Chávez (2009): Un análisis comparativo entre las subvenciones estatales y regionales, Investigaciones Regionales, VOL. 15:227-294

Segarra, A.; García, J.; Teruel, M. (2008). “Barriers to Innovation and Public Policy in Catalonia”, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 4(4), 431-451.

Segarra, A.; Arauzo, J.M. (2008). “External Sources of Innovation and Industry-Universities interaction: evidence from Spanish firms”, Research Policy, 37,1283-1295.

Segarra, A. (dir.); Teruel, M.; Arauzo, J.M.; Iranzo, S.; Gombau, V. (2008). Dinámica empresarial, creación de empleo y productividad en las manufacturas españolas: un estudio a nivel de empresa. Ministerio de Industria, Turismo y Comercio.