Inter-organisational innovation processes in the European food and drink industry

Ana Isabel Almeida Costa, Marco Greco*, Michele Grimaldi, Livio Cricelli, Vincenzo Corvello

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Although the food and drink (F&D) industry is Europe's largest manufacturing sector, few studies have explored its innovation activities so far. Starting from the widespread assumption that F&D manufacturers are supplier dominated 'à la Pavitt', we formulated hypotheses about their innovation activities. These were tested through Wilcoxon and Mann-Whitney tests on data drawn from a sample of 54,088 manufacturing firms (7,301 of which operating in the F&D industry) in 14 European countries, participating in Eurostat's 2008 Community Innovation Survey. The results confirm the supplier dominated nature of F&D firms, although also show that some largely anecdotal assumptions about the F&D industry's pattern of innovation cannot be empirically supported.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-208
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Management and Enterprise Development
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Capital goods investment
  • CIS
  • Community innovation survey
  • External R&D
  • Food & beverages
  • Food & drink
  • Innovation activities
  • Internal R&D
  • Open innovation
  • R&D intensity
  • Supplier dominated


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