Innovation in the Agro-Industry Sector in Costa Rica: Main Determinants

By Jeffrey Orozco, Carlos Murillo on September 28, 2007
The search for eco-efficiency and clean production methods is closely linked to the capacity for innovation at the firm level. Given that environmental problems are highly specific to firms and locations there is a need for firms to develop the capacity for innovation to find solutions to problems for which there are no "on-the-shelf" technologies available. This paper looks to examine the relationship between innovation strategies at the firm level and some specific characteristics of innovation processes, to analyze internal and external factors working as barriers or motivators for the introduction of cleaner technologies in firms; and to analyze components of the system of innovation and its impacts on the innovation processes in the agro-industry sector.

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IISD, 2007