INNOVATIONS IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES IN TURKEY 2004/05

Objective: To measure the innovation capabilities and the technology readiness of the Turkish manufacturing industry; to monitor technical, organizational and managerial innovations of the Turkish manufacturing industry; to share the findings of the study with the manufacturing sector; to assist in the diffusion process of the new technical, organizational and managerial concepts and developments within the manufacturing sector; to inform the firms participating in the study on their relative position within their sector; to make recommendations for the development of the manufacturing industry; to be able to present reliable information to the decision makers in politics and bureaucracy.

Scope: The innovation related data has been gathered in 4 provinces (Istanbul, Kocaeli, Konya and Kayseri) through face-to-face interviews. The study included textiles, food processing, machinery and chemical industries. This research is part of an international project covering only the machinery sector and is conducted through a consortium comprised by Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey (REF) and United Kingdom under the supervision of Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research.

Partners: REF, Sabancı University, Istanbul Technical University and Gebze Institute of Technology.

Project Team: H. Bahadır Akın, Çağrı Bulut, Dilek Çetindamar, Gündüz Ulusoy and Hande Yeğenoğlu.

Current Status: Data collection has started in July 2004 and the interviews with 135 firms have been completed in January 2005. The interviews were conducted by researchers from Istanbul Technical University and Gebze Institute of Technology. Data analysis studies have been started in January and completed in March 2005. Final report has been published in 8 chapters (in Turkish). In September 2005, the studies of the second round of the project have started.

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