Industrial innovation

An examination of how innovation occurs within the chemical industry based on activities within the Portuguese branch of a multinational chemical company, has led to a map of knowledge bases used in the search for innovative, new products. Despite appearances to the contrary, large multinational companies can have a decisive role in the innovation process, the researchers at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, and Solvay in Brussels, Belgium explain, they can do so by providing their market expertise to entrepreneurs.