Arbor, Vol 188, No 753 (2012)

Instituciones, innovación y transferencia de conocimiento: contribuciones de los estudios sobre las variedades del capitalismo


https://doi.org/10.3989/arbor.2012.753n1003

Hugo Pinto
Centro de Estudios Sociales. Universidad de Coimbra, Portugal

Resumen


Este trabajo realiza una interpretación de las teorías sobre las variedades del capitalismo resaltando sus implicaciones para la innovación, en especial para los procesos de transferencia de conocimiento entre la universidad y la empresa. Los estudios de las variedades del capitalismo señalan la importancia de la arquitectura institucional para la competitividad de los países. El debate pone de relieve las complementariedades institucionales como concepto útil en términos teóricos para explicar los procesos de desarrollo, así como necesidad de anclar el análisis institucional en datos empíricos. Estos enfoques son un complemento teórico importante para enmarcar los estudios sobre innovación, donde los procesos de transferencia de conocimiento se consideren uno de los aspectos esenciales del impulso de las innovaciones. El artículo realiza una revisión crítica de tres enfoques sobre variedades de capitalismo: el estudio precursor de Hall y Soskice, el de los sistemas empresariales de Whitley y el enfoque de la gobernanza de Amable y Boyer. Para cada uno de ellos se extraen corolarios que permiten conectarlos con los procesos de transferencia de conocimiento. El resultado señala que el foco central de atención a la empresa debe complementarse con un enfoque sistémico que permite ver la amplia gama de actores, donde la universidad se convierte en uno de los más relevantes. La intervención del gobierno es esencial en la configuración de un comportamiento innovador de los actores, para fomentar y promover el uso de diferentes mecanismos de transferencia de conocimiento.

Palabras clave


Transferencia de conocimiento; innovación; instituciones; variedades de capitalismo; sistemas sociales de innovación y producción

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