Scotland's innovation performance: a review of recent evidence

Jennifer Turnbull, Kenny Richmond, Fraser of Allander Institute

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    This paper summarises recent data on Scotland's innovation performance and how this compares to other countries, using data from the UK Innovation Survey and the European Union’s Community Innovation Survey.
    The paper assesses the reasons for Scotland's absolute and relative improvement in innovation activity by examining the performance of individual types of innovation. The paper concludes that although Scotland's headline innovation performance has improved, this has been driven more by improved performance of 'organisational innovation' than by companies introducing new products, services or processes. This implications of this for company performance are unclear.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)58-67
    Number of pages10
    JournalFraser of Allander Economic Commentary
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2017


    • Scottish economic activity
    • Scotland
    • innovation


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