Quantitative Methods for Innovation Research

The NORSI Research Methods’ course Quantitative Methods will be held at CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden, Monday 3th December – Friday 7th December 2018.

The Course gives 5 ECTS, and is held at CIRCLE in Lund but is organized in cooperation with UiS where your ECTS point will be registered. * Please note that this course is not an introductory course but a method course that requires some previous experience with STATA.

Course Faculty

Martin Andersson, CIRCLE, Lund University and Blekinge Tehnical College
Olof Ejermo, CIRCLE, Lund University
Torben Schubert, CIRCLE, Lund University and Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI
Pierre-Alexandre Balland, CIRCLE, Lund University and Utrecht University


Registration and registration form: To registered for the course please send an email to Nadia Sandsmark <nadia.sandsmark@uis.no> together with UiS application form for PhD courses. Download UiS course registration form here.
Registration deadline: 5 November 2018


Monday 3rd December
In conference room: M213 at CIRCLE, Sölvegatan 16, Lund
9.30-10.30: Official opening: Martin Andersson
10.30-12.00: Martin Andersson: Overview of Quantitative Research Methods in Innovation Studies
12.00-13.15: Lunch
13.15-15.00: Martin Andersson: Basic techniques for innovation data analysis, Part I: Statistical inferences and comparisons of groups
15.00-15.15: Coffee
15.15-18.00: Martin Andersson: Basic techniques for innovation data analysis, Part II: Introducing regression analysis

***Readings for these lectures (required) ****
Kennedy, P. (2008). A Guide to Econometrics (6 ed.): Chapters 1 through 4 and 22
Wooldridge JM (2005), Introductory Econometrics: Chapters 1-4
Dean, M. A., Shook, C. L., & Payne, G. T. (2007). The Past, Present, and Future of Entrepreneurship Research: Data Analytic Trends and Training1. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 31(4), 601-618
Shook, C. L., Ketchen, D. J., Cycyota, C. S., & Crockett, D. (2003). Data analytic trends and training in strategic management. Strategic Management Journal, 24(12), 1231-1237.

Tuesday 4th December
In conference room: M313 at CIRCLE, Sölvegatan 16, Lund
10.15-12.00: Olof Ejermo: Methods and applications using innovation count data part I
12.00-13.15: Lunch
13.15-15.00: Olof Ejermo: Methods and applications using innovation count data part II
15.00-15.15: Coffee
15.15-17.00: Olof Ejermo: Lab session

***Readings for these lectures (required) ****
SMITH, K. 2005. Measuring innovation. In: FAGERBERG, J., MOWERY, D. C. & NELSON, R. R. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Innovation. New York: Oxford University Press
VAN DER PANNE, G. 2007. Issues in measuring innovation. Scientometrics, 71, 495-507.
JAFFE, A. B., TRAJTENBERG, M. & HENDERSON, R. 1993. Geographic Localization of Knowledge Spillovers as Evidenced by Patent Citations. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 108, 577-598

Wednesday 5th December
In conference room: M213 at CIRCLE, Sölvegatan 16, Lund
9.15-12.00: Pierre-Alexandre Balland: Social network analysis in innovation studies
12.00-13.00: Lunch
13.00-15.00: Pierre-Alexandre Balland: Lab Session I
15.00-15.15: Coffee
15.15-18.15: Pierre-Alexandre Balland: Lab session II

***Readings for these lectures (required) ****
Giuliani, E., & Bell, M. (2005). The micro-determinants of meso-level learning and innovation: evidence from a Chilean wine cluster. Research policy, 34(1), 47-68.
Ter Wal, A. L., & Boschma, R. A. (2009). Applying social network analysis in economic geography: framing some key analytic issues. The Annals of Regional Science, 43(3), 739-756.
Balland, P. A., De Vaan, M., & Boschma, R. (2013). The dynamics of interfirm networks along the industry life cycle: The case of the global video game industry, 1987–2007. Journal of Economic Geography, 13(5), 741-765.

Thursday 6th December
In conference room: M213 at CIRCLE, Sölvegatan 16, Lund
09.15-12.00: Torben Schubert: Survey design, including cluster and factor analysis
12.00-13.15: Lunch
13.15-15.00: Torben Schubert: Hypothesis testing using Community Innovation Survey data
15.00-15.15: Coffee
15.15-17.00: Torben Schubert: Lab session

***Readings for these lectures (required) ****
Wooldridge JM (2005), Introductory Econometrics: Chapter 17

Friday 7th December
In conference room: M213 at CIRCLE, Sölvegatan 16, Lund
9.15-12.00: Martin Andersson: Longitudinal data analysis – methods and applications in innovation studies part I
12.00-13.15: lunch
13.15-14.45: Martin Andersson: Longitudinal data analysis – methods and applications in innovation studies part II
14.45-15.00: Coffee
15.00-17.00: Lab session
***Readings for these lectures (required) ****
Manski, C (2003), Identification Problems in the Social Sciences and Everyday Life, Southern Economic Journal¸70 (1), pages 11-21

Lecture notes on Identification Strategies by Stepan Jurajd (will be sent out beforehand)

Kennedy, P. (2008). A Guide to Econometrics (6 ed.): Chapter 18


To obtain 5 ECTS point requires active participation during the course as well as an accepted paper of 3.000-4.000 words demonstrating competence in using quantitative methods. The paper should be based on the topic of the PhD thesis and reflect literature used in the course. If quantitative methods will not be used in the thesis a paper answering given tasks could substitute a normal paper. However, the concrete form of the written delivery can be further discussed during the course.

The assignments will be graded by Martin Andersson and one other examiner. Deadline for submission of assignments: TBA

Practical information

All students have to bring their own PC with access to STATA (software).

How to get to Lund
The closest international airport to Lund is Copenhagen Airport (also known as “Kastrup”), in Denmark. The train connection from Copenhagen Airport to Lund is fast (35 minutes) and frequent (every 20 minutes). Train tickets can be purchased from the “Skånetrafiken” ticket machines in the arrivals hall, near the escalators going down to the train platform. You can pay in Euros, Swedish kronor or Danish kronor, and you can use a debit/credit card with a chip. The journey will take you over the Öresund Bridge connecting Denmark to Sweden and via Malmö central station to Lund central station.
The closest local airport to Lund is Malmö Airport (also known as “Sturup”). It has flights from other Swedish airports including Stockholm and some international flights from destinations within Europe. There is an airport shuttle bus to Malmö airport (called “Flygbussarna”) or you can get a taxi to Lund.

We ask kindly that all students make their own travel arrangements (economy). We can recommend “StayAt Lund” with reasonable prices and the more expensive “Hotel Concordia”, both located in the city centre. You can find, compare and book hotels at Lund’s tourist office.

How to get to CIRCLE
The workshop will take place at CIRCLE, located within 15 walking minutes from the train station and the city centre. Street address is Sölvegatan 16, Lund. Find the location on Google maps.

NORSI Travel Reimbursement

As this course is considered a NORSI course all travel expenses etc. will be covered for NORSI students and teaching faculty. Same procedure as for other NORSI courses. NORSI students’ refunds are dependent upon completion of course work and their status as a NORSI student. Please note that NORSI does not issue per diem (diett penger) but will refund your food expenses, so save your receipts. In order to receive your travel refund mail/scan in all your original tickets and original receipts (plane, taxi, bus etc.) to NORSI/Birte. Click here for more information on the NORSI refund policy.

However, if your “home” institution has temporarily covered your travel costs, your institution may send NORSI/BI/Birte and invoice (faktura) asking NORSI to cover your outstanding travel costs with copies of your receipts. (Norwegian: Hvis ditt lokal studiested legger ut for deg så kan det lokale studiestedet fakturerer BI totalt for alle sine NORSI studenter med en totalsum for reisekostnadene. Legg ved kopi av vedlegg). Please ask your institution to specify who (your name) the invoice/travel refund is for and write NORSI on the invoice. If you have any questions about this, please email Birte Horn-Hanssen.

PhD students registered for the course that are not part of NORSI will have to cover their own expensens.

Date & Location

Monday, 3 December – Friday, 7 December 2018
Circle, Lund University (in copperation with UiS)

Registration form

UiS course registration form

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