Measuring Innovation Everywhere


Measuring Innovation Everywhere

The Challenge of Better Policy, Learning, Evaluation and Monitoring

9781789904550 Edward Elgar Publishing
Fred Gault, Professorial Fellow, UNU-MERIT, the Netherlands, Professor Extraordinaire and Member of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa, and Visiting Professor, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78990 455 0 Extent: 160 pp
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This book is about measuring innovation, not just in the business sector but in every sector of the economy, using, for the first time, an internationally agreed general definition of innovation. The resulting indicators can be used to inform policy development, and offer a better understanding of the impact of the innovation policy of governments, the strategy of businesses and the practice of households, in a more digital economy. Innovation is a systems phenomenon and systems provide a structure throughout the book.

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Looking beyond the business sector, Fred Gault examines the measurement of innovation in all economic sectors using an internationally agreed definition of innovation. This timely book explores the challenges and implications of measuring innovation, producing indicators to support policy development, monitoring, evaluation and learning.

Examining innovation as a systems phenomenon, chapters offer readers an understanding of the impact of the innovation policy of governments, the strategy of businesses and the practice of households in a more digital economy. Gault also looks at the growing importance of restricted innovation as well as the informal economy and the difficulties around measuring social innovation.

Concise and cutting-edge, this book will benefit economics and innovation scholars, particularly those looking into national innovation systems. Policy makers and organisations focused on the statistical measurement of innovation will also find this book offers helpful insights into the topic.
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‘In this very important new book, innovation statistics expert Fred Gault develops the policy implications of the new definition of innovation contained in the current Oslo Manual. For the first time, governments can provide a view of the innovation process as a true multisectoral systems phenomenon that includes important contributions from the household sector.’
– Eric von Hippel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, US

‘Fred Gault is a pioneer when it comes to measure innovation. This book gives a comprehensive view of recent international developments. A must read for any innovation scholar or policy maker.’
– Dietmar Harhoff, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Germany
Contents: Preface PART I INTRODUCTION 1. Introduction to ‘Innovation Everywhere’ 2. Innovation systems PART II INNOVATION POLICY 3. Innovation policy prior to 2020 4. Monitoring and evaluation of innovation policy 5. Developing innovation policy PART III MEASURING INNOVATION 6. Defining innovation for measurement purposes 7. Measuring innovation in all economic sectors 8. Measuring innovation across economic sectors PART IV WHERE NEXT? 9. Innovation and future challenges 10. Innovation, measurement and policy 11. Conclusion References Index

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