Measurement technological innovation capabilities in agriculture knowledge and innovation systems

Santiago Quintero, Walter Ruiz-Castañeda, Santiago Cubillos Jiménez, Bibiana Marcela Marín Sánchez, Diana P. Giraldo, Lina M. Vélez Acosta

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    Innovation systems' knowledge and technology generation, diffusion and use functions are associated with technological innovation capabilities (TICs). TICs play a crucial role in the innovating performance of agricultural knowledge and innovation systems (AKISs). Yet, the perspectives of current methods do not facilitate a dynamical and organizational understanding of TICs and, thus, innovation systems. This paper proposes a method that relates TICs to an organizational behavior model to measure the TIC level. We apply the method through a survey of 256 coffee AKIS firms and 74 avocado AKIS firms in Antioquia, Colombia. The results presented confirm that the measurement of TIC levels and their dynamics over time provides a better understanding of innovation processes to evaluate and identify existing gaps between TICs and these systems' innovation functions.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalCiencia Tecnologia Agropecuaria
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 5 Apr 2021

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    (Colciencias) for funding the project

    Funding Information:
    The authors thank the Administrative Department of Science, Technology, and Innovation (Colciencias) for funding the project ?Technology Transfer Model for Agricultural Production Chains: A Comparative Analysis of the Coffee and Avocado Chains in Antioquia,? code 111874558593, within the framework of which this study was carried out. They also express their gratitude to Jos? Fernando Montoya, Colombian Federation of Coffee Growers, Alejandro Meneses, Hass Colombia, and Carlos Mario Valencia Valencia, Antioquia Secretary of Agriculture, for supporting the fieldwork in the different municipalities of the department. They express thanks to Jos? Alexandre O. Vera-Cruz, professor of the master's and doctorate program in Economics and Innovation Management, Universidad Aut?noma Metropolitana - Xochimilco, for his advice during the performance of the project. Finally, the authors thank the producers, coffee growers, traders, threshers, and other agents in the avocado and coffee chain links for their assistance in collecting the data for this project.

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    © 2021 Corporacion Colombiana de Investigacion Agropecuaria Corpoica. All rights reserved.


    • Avocado
    • Coffee
    • Innovation functions
    • Innovation systems
    • Technological innovation capabilities


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