Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University
From theory to practice: the use of systems of innovation approach in innovation policy
() and Charles Edquist
Abstract: The main objective of this chapter is to discuss the
implications of the adoption of the Systems of Innovation (SI) Approach in
innovation policymaking. One of the main criticisms of the SI approach is
the difficulty in translating it into real policymaking. This paper
proposes a way of dealing with this complex problem. By breaking down the
operation of the SI into ‘activities,’ the role of the government and the
interplay between private and public actors can be discussed, and specific
recommendations on how and when public actors should intervene can be made.
The authors propose ten activities that capture the operation of an
innovation system. The role of the public sector in each activity is then
discussed, and a new research agenda is proposed.
Keywords: innovation systems; innovation policy; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: O30; O38; (follow links to similar papers)
43 pages, March 1, 2005
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