Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University
Innovation policy for economic resilience: The case of Sweden
() and Jerker Moodysson
Abstract: This paper provides an overview of the Swedish innovation
system and the main strategies for Swedish innovation policy, with specific
focus on VINNOVA’s place-based support to specialised areas integrating
competences from different sectors in society. The overview reveals a
recent shift from place-based specialisation to thematic areas underpinned
by a societal challenge driven logic to policy intervention. The analysis
indicates that a strong focus on R&D and science-driven innovation serves
as a barrier for successful transition, and that the recent shift implies a
greater need for policy coordination across different fields and scales.
This makes agencies like VINNOVA less autonomous with regard to design as
well as implementation of innovation policy and points to the need for
reaching a balance between demand-oriented and supply-led strategies in
which place-specific context matters and innovation policy must be attuned
to and embedded in the particularities of the regional and national
economies it aims to target. Linking smart specialisation strategies (S3),
EU’s overall industrial and innovation policy for regional diversification
and restructuring, with VINNOVAs new system innovation policy approach
would be one way of doing this.
Keywords: Innovation system; innovation policy; Sweden; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: O25; O31; O52; (follow links to similar papers)
20 pages, April 27, 2017
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