Author, Institution: Meda Andrijauskienė, Kaunas University of Technology
Science area, field of science: Social Sciences, Economics, S004
Scientific Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Daiva Dumčiuvienė (Kaunas University of Technology, Social sciences, Economics, S004)
Scientific Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alina Stundžienė (Kaunas University of Technology, Social sciences, Economics, S004)
Dissertation Defence Board of Economics Science Field:
Prof. Dr. Rytis Krušinskas (Kaunas University of Technology, Social sciences, Economics, S004) – chairman
Prof. Dr. Vaida Pilinkienė (Kaunas University of Technology, Social sciences, Economics, S004);
Prof. Dr. Violeta Pukelienė (Vytautas Magnus University, Social sciences, Economics, S004)
Prof. dr. Vytautas Snieška, (Kaunas University of Technology, Social sciences, Economics, S004)
Prof. Dr. Habil. dr. Włodzimierz Sroka (WSB University, Poland, Social sciences, Management, S003)
The doctoral dissertation is available on the internet and at the libraries of Kaunas University of Technology (K. Donelaičio g. 20, Kaunas), Klaipėda University (Herkaus Manto g. 84, Klaipėda), and at the Lithuanian Energy Institute (Breslaujos g. 3, Kaunas).
The European Union (EU) member states are receiving a considerable amount of investments so they would bring a positive and constructive effect on the national innovation performance. However, the situation in separate member states differ significantly. It must be emphasized that side factors, such as economic conditions, or national social, cultural and political aspects, can influence the degree of capabilities to use these financial inflows efficiently. Nevertheless, an investigation of these factors in the context of the evaluation of the influence exerted by EU investment is fairly limited. On top of that, the general tendency of empirical research is to include only the ‘traditional’ technological innovative output, e.g. patents, yet not every innovation can be patented and not every patent reflects innovation. Therefore, this dissertation aims to evaluate the influence of EU investment on the member states’ innovation performance by using a redeveloped national innovative capacity framework and including technological, non-technological and commercial innovative output. To reach that aim, the role of EU research and innovation investment is analysed and the current methods used in EU investment influence evaluations are determined. Furthermore, the concept of national innovation capacity, together with the national innovation capacity framework, are redefined, and an alternative methodology for the assessment is proposed. To continue with, econometric analysis and modelling are employed in evaluating the influence of EU investment on member states’ innovation performance. Finally, the dynamics and variation of the effects of individual Framework Programmes over time and across the member states are investigated.