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The Genesis of Innovation

Systemic Linkages Between Knowledge and the Market Edited by Blandine Laperche, Lab.RII -ULCO, Clersé CNRS University Lille Nord de France, France, Dimitri Uzunidis, Lab.RII -ULCO, Clersé CNRS University Lille Nord de France, France and the late G.N. von Tunzelmann, formerly Professor in the Economics of Science and Technology, SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, UK
The genesis and diffusion of innovation depends upon the density of the cognitive and market relationships among individuals, organisations and institutions at both the micro- and macro-economic level. By addressing the nature of these relationships, which include cooperation, competition and power, this book presents an important and progressive enquiry into the economic and social origins of innovation.
Extent: 304 pp
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Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 978 1 84720 593 3
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
The genesis and diffusion of innovation depends upon the density of the cognitive and market relationships among individuals, organisations and institutions at both the micro- and macro-economic level. By addressing the nature of these relationships, which include cooperation, competition and power, this book presents an important and progressive enquiry into the economic and social origins of innovation.

The authors in the book stress the importance of cognitive and economic linkages in the assessment and analysis of innovation within the enterprise, within local and national economies and at the international level. They present a series of interesting studies of research labs, enterprises and networks, systems of innovation and innovative milieux to present emerging ideas from different theoretical traditions. They also demonstrate how specific actors, such as the State or certain individual enterprises, are able to determine the process of diffusion, coordination and standardisation of knowledge and technologies. Thus, economic and political power is a key notion that permeates the book. Taking the renewal of technologies and markets as a starting point, the book also clearly shows that military programmes and industries constitute one of the engines of capitalist economies.

This book will interest and inform a broad readership of scholars and students working on the economics and management of innovation, the economics of technology policy and business studies.
‘. . . A high quality book that will be of use and interest to students of technology policy.’
– Australian Economic History Review

‘The Genesis of Innovation presents valuable research and conclusions.’
– Maja Levi-Jaksic, Ekonomska Politika
Contributors: M.-P. Bès, S. Boutillier, M. Callois, E. Castro-Martínez, I. Fernández-de-Lucio, A.Ilardi, M. Isabelle, R. Keast, S. Kesting, B. Laperche, K. Mohannak, J. Molas-Gallart, C. Serfati, P. Sommers, D. Uzunidis, N. Von Tunzelmann
Contents:

Introduction: Knowledge, Innovation Systems and the Role of Power
Blandine Laperche, Dimitri Uzunidis and Nick von Tunzelmann

PART I: CORE LINKAGES IN THE GENESIS OF INNOVATION: THE KNOWLEDGE DIMENSION
1. Towards a Communicative Theory of Innovation
Stefan Kesting

2. The Division of Scientific Labour and the Sharing of Knowledge
Marie-Pierre Bès

3. Proprietary vs. Open-Access Dimensions of Knowledge
Marc Isabelle

4. Towards an Integrated Patent System and Innovation Prospects in Europe
Alfredo Ilardi and Blandine Laperche

PART II: MILITARY-BASED INNOVATION NETWORKS
5. The Relationship between Military and Commercial Technologies: An Empirical and Analytical Perspective
Claude Serfati

6. Theory and Practice in Knowledge Transfer: The Emergence of ‘Interface Structures’
Elena Castro-Martínez, Ignacio Fernández-de-Lucio and Jordi Molas-Gallart

7. Dual Technological Knowledge and the Firm’s Trade-Off between Civilian and Military Activities
Michel Callois

PART III: FROM KNOWLEDGE TO MARKET: SYSTEMIC LINKS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL
8. The Logic of the Innovative Milieu
Dimitri Uzunidis

9. The Entrepreneur’s ‘Resource Potential’, Innovation and Networks
Sophie Boutillier, Blandine Laperche and Dimitri Uzunidis

10. Cooperative Networks and Clustering of High-Technology SMEs: The Case of Brisbane Technology Park
Kavoos Mohannak and Robyn Keast

11. Clumps or Clusters: A Case Study of Biotechnology and Life Sciences in the Seattle Area
Paul Sommers

Index