Knowledge and Quality Innovation in the Health Sector: The Role of Public Research Organisations

Knowledge and Quality Innovation in the Health Sector: The Role of Public Research Organisations

Arturo Torres-Vargas (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico) and Javier Jasso-Villazul (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 30
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4769-5.ch008
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Abstract

In the pursuit of innovation and quality, firms interact with other organizations, such as firms, universities, research centres, and governmental institutions, to exchange, gain, and develop various kinds of knowledge and other resources. This chapter explores the role of Public Research Organizations (PRO)1 in the innovation process of the health sector in Mexico. Patient indicators are used in order to give account of the role of PRO in that process. Some patterns are identified regarding PROs’ main research and inventive activities and the type of collaboration they have had with other agents. Findings substantiate that collaboration between PRO and other actors are too weak. However, they have built capabilities orientated to the development of artefacts (new or improved products), methods (for diagnosis, clinical testing, and attack of particular diseases) and vaccines-substances (for tackling existing or new diseases).
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Background

There is a current discussion regarding the relationship between quality and innovation, and also about the importance of the active engage of universities and public research centres in that process. In order to set the scenery for our analysis, this part provides a brief literature review on these issues as well as some background on the inventive activity and the role of the PROs in Mexico.

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