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National Innovation, Indicators and Policy

Edited by Louise Earl, Science, Innovation and Electronic Information Division (SIEID), Statistics Canada, Canada and Fred Gault, Professorial Fellow, UNU-MERIT, The Netherlands and Professor Extraordinaire and Member, TUT Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI), Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), South Africa
This book takes stock of what is known about the process of innovation and its effects, and the policy interventions that influence both. It provides insights into future research required to support evidence-based policy-making and makes clear the need to take a systems approach to the analysis of innovation, its outcomes and its impacts.
Extent: 264 pp
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Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 978 1 84542 287 5
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Innovation
  • International Economics
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Innovation Policy
This book takes stock of what is known about the process of innovation and its effects, and the policy interventions that influence both. It provides insights into future research required to support evidence-based policy-making and makes clear the need to take a systems approach to the analysis of innovation, its outcomes and its impacts.

The contributors explore the fact that economic theory, statistical measurement and the need to achieve targets are combining to shift policy focus towards the economic and social impacts of innovation. This is forcing economists and statisticians to look for new measures, indicators, and analytical frameworks to support the public policy debate and the implementations of change necessary for success. The book emphasizes the importance of linkages and communities of practice in measuring and analyzing innovation, and focuses on:

• the importance of social sciences as well as natural sciences to the activity of innovation.
• policy-relevant discussions on the measurement gaps in the activity of innovation
• quantitative results of analysis relating to the output of innovation activities
• theoretical frameworks and concepts for measurement of the activity of innovation
• suggestions for new measurement directions for the activity of
innovation which will lead into an international forum to discuss indicator development at the OECD over the next decade.

Illustrating that the expectations of innovation policies are being raised, this book will prove fascinating reading for policy analysts, economists, academics and students with an interest in innovation, industrial dynamics and science and technology.
Contributors: F. Anderson, A. Arundel, T.G. Bas, M. Bordt, N. Chabchoub, A. Colecchia, B. Diederen, L. Earl, J. Fagerberg, F. Gault, S. Gera, M.S. Gertler, C. Lonmo, S.A. McDaniel, P. Mohnen, J. Niosi, F.C. Palm, W. Raymond, R. Roy, S. Schim van der Loeff, L. Soete, T. Songsakul, D.A. Wolfe, A. Wyckoff
Contents:

Preface

INTRODUCTION
1. An Introduction to Innovation and Policy
Louise Earl and Fred Gault

PART I: KNOWLEDGE, POLICY AND PRACTICE
2. What Do We Know About Innovation and Socio-economic Change? Lessons from the TEARI Project
Jan Fagerberg

3. The Role of Benchmarks and Targets in Canadian Innovation Policy
Surendra Gera, Richard Roy and Thitima Songsakul

PART II: INDICATOR DEVELOPMENT AND FINDINGS
4. Innovation in Enterprise Clusters: Evidence from Dutch Manufacturing
Bert Diederen, Pierre Mohnen, Franz C. Palm, Wladimir Raymond and Sybrand Schim van der Loeff

5. Innovation and Other Components of Growth in Canadian Technology Firms
Michael Bordt, Frances Anderson, Louise Earl, Charlene Lonmo and Tomás Gabriel Bas

6. Large and Small Firms and Intellectual Property: Protecting Software
Norhène Chabchoub and Jorge Niosi

PART III: CITIES, REGIONS AND KNOWLEDGE WORKERS
7. Innovation and Creativity in City-Regions: What Do We Know, and Where Do We Go Next?
Meric S. Gertler and David A. Wolfe

8. Innovation in Human/Social Guise
Susan A. McDaniel

PART IV: DESIGNING THE FUTURE
9. Rethinking Science and Technology Indicators for Innovation Policy in the Twenty-First Century
Anthony Arundel, Alessandra Colecchia and Andrew Wyckoff

10. Knowledge, Policy and Innovation
Luc Soete

CONCLUSION
11. Insights into Innovation, Indicators and Policy
Fred Gault and Louise Earl

Index