Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy

No 2008/6: Design of Innovation Policy through Diagnostic Analysis: Identification of Systemic Problems (or Failures)

Charles Edquist ()
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Charles Edquist: CIRCLE, Lund University, Postal: PO Box 117, Sölvegatan 16, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: Activities’ in innovation systems are the determinants of the development and diffusion of innovations. Examples are R&D, provision of organizations and institutions, financing of innovations, incubation, etc. These activities are partly performed by private organizations and partly by public organizations, the latter performing tasks that constitute innovation policy. As a basis for innovation policy, the problems (failures) in the systems must be identified. These ‘systemic problems’ or ‘policy problems’ can be identified only by means of comparing existing innovation systems with each other – over time and space. It is on this basis that the division of labor between public and private organizations must be analyzed, a division of labor that varies from country to country and over time. Determining this division of labor is a matter of strategic choices in innovation policy-making. This paper focuses upon the design of innovation policy through diagnostic analysis; it provides a framework for identification of systemic problems (or failures) in innovation systems.

Keywords: Systems; systemic problems; Innovation Policy

JEL-codes: O30; O38

31 pages, June 1, 2008

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