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Sectoral Systems of Innovation and Production in Developing Countries

Actors, Structure and Evolution Edited by Franco Malerba, Professor of Applied Economics, Department of Management and Technology and President of ICRIOS , Bocconi University, Milan, Italy and Sunil Mani, Director and Professor, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
This book examines in detail the features and dynamics of sectoral
systems of innovation and production in developing countries. Processes of rapid growth are usually associated with specific sectors such as automobiles, electronics or software, as well as with the transformation of traditional sectors such as agriculture and food. The book shows, however, that the variations across all these sectors in terms of structure and dynamics is so great that a full understanding of these differences is necessary if innovation is to be encouraged and growth sustained.
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Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84844 656 4
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  • Development Studies
  • Development Economics
  • Development Studies
  • Economics and Finance
  • Development Economics
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
This book examines in detail the features and dynamics of sectoral
systems of innovation and production in developing countries. Processes of rapid growth are usually associated with specific sectors such as automobiles, electronics or software, as well as with the transformation of traditional sectors such as agriculture and food. The book shows, however, that the variations across all these sectors in terms of structure and dynamics is so great that a full understanding of these differences is necessary if innovation is to be encouraged and growth sustained.

The expert contributors promote this understanding by drawing upon
empirical evidence from a wide range of sectoral systems, from traditional to high technology, and across a number of countries. They explore how these systems change and evolve, highlighting policy lessons to be drawn from the analysis. Case studies include the Brazilian aeronautical, pulp and paper industries, the Korean machine tool sector, motorbike manufacture in Thailand and Vietnam, pharmaceuticals and telecommunication equipment in India, ICT in Taiwan, the biofuels sector in Tanzania, salmon farming in Chile and software in Uruguay.

Scholars and researchers in the fields of economics – development economics in particular – and innovation will find this book to be of great interest. Policymakers and managers focussing on innovation and growth in developing countries will also warmly welcome the book.
‘Over the past decade there has been a dramatic increase in the quantity and quality of research focused on the processes through which technological capabilities are acquired by countries significantly behind the economic frontier, and the institutions that effectively support the catching up process. This book is a splendid contribution to this literature. The concept of a “sectoral innovation system” is well suited for framing studies of these kinds of questions, and serves well to unify the many interesting empirical studies in the book. Some of those studies are success stories, others of less successful cases. Readers new to this body of research will find this book a great introduction. All readers will learn a lot from it about what is required for and involved in economic development.’
– Richard R. Nelson, Columbia Earth Institute, US and University of Manchester, UK
Contributors: R. Argou Marques, M. Caniëls, M. Fujita, L. Guilherme de Oliveira, P. Intarakumnerd, E. Kesidou, Y.-Z. Kim, K. Lee, T.-L. Lee, M. Iizuka, M.B. Lima-Toivanen, F. Malerba, S. Mani, F. Perini, H. Romijn, H. Toivanen, J. van Eijck
Contents:

PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. Sectoral Systems of Innovation and Production in Developing Countries: An Introduction
Franco Malerba and Sunil Mani

PART II: ACTORS AND STRUCTURE OF SECTORAL SYSTEMS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
2. Why is the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry More Innovative than its Telecommunications Equipment Industry? Contrasts between the Sectoral Systems of Innovation of the Indian Pharmaceutical and Telecommunications Industries
Sunil Mani

3. From Innovation Projects to Knowledge Networks: Knowledge as Contingency in the Sectoral Organization of Innovation
Fernando Perini

4. Learning, Innovation and Public Policy: The Emergence of the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Industry
Hannes Toivanen and Maria Barbosa Lima-Toivanen

5. The Software Sector in Uruguay: A Sectoral Systems of Innovation Perspective
Marjolein Caniëls, Effie Kesidou and Henny Romijn

6. Sectoral System of Innovation in Brazil: Reflections about the Accumulation of Technological Capabilities in the Aeronautic Sector (1990–2000)
Rosane Argou Marques and L. Guilherme de Oliveira

PART III: DYNAMICS AND EVOLUTION OF SECTORAL SYSTEMS
7. China’s Threat and Opportunity for the Thai and Vietnamese Motorcycle Industries: A Sectoral Innovation System Analysis
Patarapong Intarakumnerd and Mai Fujita

8. ‘Low-Tech’ Industry: A New Path for Development? The Case of the Salmon Farming Industry in Chile
Michiko Iizuka

9. Making a Technological Catch-up in the Capital Goods Industry: Barriers and Opportunities in the Korean Case
Yoon-Zi Kim and Keun Lee

10. From ‘Nuts and Bolts’ to ‘Bits and Bytes’: The Evolution of Taiwan ICT in a Global Knowledge-based Economy
Ting-Lin Lee

11. Prospects for Jatropha Biofuels in Tanzania: An Analysis with Strategic Niche Management
Janske van Eijck and Henny Romijn

Index