Innovation Studies: Evolution and Future Challenges

Paperback | November 30, 2013

EditorJan Fagerberg, Ben R. Martin, Esben Sloth Andersen

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Innovation is increasingly recognized as a vitally important social and economic phenomenon worthy of serious research study. Firms are concerned about their innovation ability, particularly relative to their competitors. Politicians care about innovation, too, because of its presumed socialand economic impact. However, to recognize that innovation is desirable is not sufficient. What is required is systematic and reliable knowledge about how best to influence innovation and to exploit its effects to the full. Gaining such knowledge is the aim of the field of innovation studies, which is now at least half a century old. Hence, it is an opportune time to ask what has been achieved and what we still need to know more about. This is what this book sets out to explore. Written by a number of centralcontributors to the field, it critically examines the current state of the art and identifies issues that merit greater attention. The focus is mainly on how society can derive the greatest benefit from innovation and what needs to done to achieve this. However, to learn more about how society canbenefit more from innovation, one also needs to understand innovation processes in firms and how these interact with broader social, institutional and political factors. Such issues are therefore also central to the discussion here.

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Innovation is increasingly recognized as a vitally important social and economic phenomenon worthy of serious research study. Firms are concerned about their innovation ability, particularly relative to their competitors. Politicians care about innovation, too, because of its presumed socialand economic impact. However, to recognize th...

Jan Fagerberg is Professor at the Department of Business and Management at Aalborg University in Denmark and the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK) at the University of Oslo. In his research Fagerberg has, among other areas, focused on the relationship between technology (innovation and diffusion) and competitiveness, ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:November 30, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199686351

ISBN - 13:9780199686353

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1. Jan Fagerberg, Ben R. Martin and Esben S. Andersen: Innovation Studies: Towards a New AgendaPart I: Evolution, Developments, and Key Issues2. Bengt-Ake Lundvall: Innovation Studies: a Personal Interpretation of the State of the Art3. Edward Lorenz: Innovation, Work Organization, and Systems of Social Protection4. Carlota Perez: Innovation Systems and Policy for Development in a Changing World5. Giovanni Dosi: Innovation, Evolution, and Economics: Where We Are and Where We Should Go6. Luc Soete: Is Innovation Always Good?7. W. Edward Steinmueller: Innovation Studies at Maturity8. Ben R. Martin: Innovation Studies: an Emerging AgendaPart II: Future Challenges9. Richard R. Nelson: Reflections on the Study of Innovation and on Those who Study It10. Mariana Mazzucato: Smart and Inclusive Growth: Rethinking the State s Role and the Risk-Reward Relationship11. Bengt-Ake Lundvall: An Agenda for Future Research