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Enhancing the Effectiveness of Innovation

New Roles for Key Players Edited by Willem Molle, Professor of International Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Senior Adviser, ECORYS Research and Consulting, Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Julia Djarova, EY Advisory
The limits of established innovation processes have become clear as nations increasingly champion innovation as a tool of the ever-important ‘knowledge economy’. This timely book analyses the effectiveness of innovation efforts, presenting challenges to the traditional approaches whilst developing more contemporary theories.
Extent: 272 pp
Hardback Price: $136.00 Web: $122.40
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84844 257 3
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The limits of established innovation processes have become clear as nations increasingly champion innovation as a tool of the ever-important ‘knowledge economy’. This timely book analyses the effectiveness of innovation efforts, presenting challenges to the traditional approaches whilst developing more contemporary theories.

Focusing on the interplay between three key players – knowledge organisations, firms and the public sector – this insightful volume will be invaluable to a wide-ranging audience including researchers, practitioners and students of science and technology, business and management, public policy and European studies.
‘The tasks confronting European governments intent on innovation will need to shift from simple quantitative measures of how much (R&D, etc.) to how good such magnitudes are in augmenting competitiveness – from quantity to quality. In this book, the editors and their contributors move the debate on to concerns over the effectiveness of innovation. This is not just a matter of making linkages among increasingly diverse players, but of making these linkages themselves effective. The book takes an important step forward for innovation policy at all levels, from regional to global.’
– Nick von Tunzelmann, University of Sussex, UK
Contributors: V. Bilsen, J. Dencik, J. Djarova, P. Fabrowska, A. Healy, E. Lykogianni, M. Mackiewicz, V. Minne, W. Molle, R. Pollock, G. Steurs, A. Verbeek, H. Wissema, W. Zegveld
Contents:

1. Introduction
Willem Molle and Julia Djarova

PART I: R&D
2. Creating Wealth from University Know-How: The Role of Technostarters
Hans Wissema

3. Assessing the Impact of Centres of Excellence on Business Innovation: The Flemish Case
Arnold Verbeek, Elissavet Lykogianni, Valentijn Bilsen, Veerle Minne and Geert Steurs

4. The Geography of Transfer of University Knowledge to Firms: The Case of Southern England
Adrian Healy

PART II: FIRMS
5. ICT and Firm Innovation in European ‘Catching Up’ Countries
Jacob Dencik and Julia Djarova

6. The Behavioural Additionality of Business R&D Subsidies: Theoretical Considerations and Empirical Results for Flanders
Geert Steurs, Arnold Verbeek and Elissavet Lykogianni

PART III: PUBLIC SECTOR
7. European Innovation Policy: Increased Effectiveness through Coordination with Cohesion Policy
Willem Molle

8. National Governance Systems for Innovation: High-Level Coordination Leads to Increased Effectiveness
Julia Djarova and Walter Zegveld

9. Regional Innovative Potential and Development Strategies: The Case of Poland
Marta Mackiewicz, Robert Pollock and Paulina Fabrowska

Index