CSIR is a leading research center in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. CSIRs research is organized in two main strands:
Management of Innovation and Technology and Industrial Economics and Dynamics, complementing each other in that the former captures firm level issues whereas the latter captures regional level issues. The research center thereby adopts a multidisciplinary research approach that integrates firms capabilities, their competitive situation and organizational status as well as the context they are located in, i.e. their economic and social milieu. This approach is used to understand and assess the preconditions for and consequences of innovation strategies, innovation behavior and outcome at the regional, firm and individual levels of society.
- The strand Management of Innovation and Technology specifically deals with how innovations are created, managed and assessed in innovation-driven and entrepreneurial organizations to increase their competitiveness. Research topics span from competence building, design of incentives and business models, to assessment of investment risk and decision making under uncertainty. A main idea is thus to capture a range of managerial issues thereby contributing broadly to the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship.
- The strand Industrial Economics and Dynamics deals with the determinants as well as the economic consequences of innovation and entrepreneurship in different types of regions. A main research avenue is the influence of firmspecific characteristics such as R&D, IT-investments and human capital on innovation outcomes such as new export products and spin-off processes. Another main research avenue is how contextual factors, such as industry characteristics and properties of the institutional and spatial environment influence innovation and entrepreneurship propensities. This line of research is concerned with the economy-wide consequences and implications, including national and regional policy-making and design.
The two research strands thereby also contribute to practice in a complementary way. Hence, one strand of the centers research aims to yield implications of importance to managers, employees and consumers whereas the other strand aims to provide implications of value to policy makers at different levels of society.