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Innovation in Public Organizations: A comparison of National Research Centers in Argentina and Spain
LAURA CRUZ, PABLO KREIMER, LUIS SANZ-MENÉNDEZ
Workshop; International Workshop on Science Dynamics and institutional dimensions.; 2009
The aim of this paper is to analyse the dynamics of science innovation in the two most important public research performing organisations in Argentina and Spain: CONICET and CSIC.Our research question relates to whether and how formal institutional structural factors (of governance, recruitment) and dynamic factors (funding and scientific integration) affect the capacity of public research centers to promote change and innovate.For the purpose of the comparative analysis we have chosen two cases which differ on the first set of characteristics. The aim is to analyse if different formal governance structures correspond to different levels and processes of scientific innovation in public research centers, and the possible mediating effect of funding mechanism and integration dynamics. We believe that the analysis of formal governance structures is relevant because these structures have been the focus of many reforms in different countries so it seems interesting to wonder whether they have an effect on innovation dynamics.