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The challenge of building an effective innovation system for catch-up

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  • Richard Nelson

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Catching up is not a process of exact copying but reflects deliberate and often creative modifications to tailor practice to national conditions, especially those practices associated with institutions and norms within which the physical technologies embodied in productive economic activities and their operation are embedded. These "social technologies" are more difficult to acquire than the physical. This paper demonstrates these propositions by looking historically at changes in legal, research and training institutions. It concludes by questioning the extent to which current practices of extensive patenting and licensing activities of US universities have been the key to their effectiveness in contributing to economic development and the relevance of copying such practices in the broad institutional context of other nations.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Oxford Development Studies.

Volume (Year): 32 (2004)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 365-374

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Handle: RePEc:taf:oxdevs:v:32:y:2004:i:3:p:365-374

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  1. Menezes, Jose H. V., 2010. "The political economy of innovation; an institutional analysis of industrial policy and development in Brazil," MPRA Paper 28849, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Altenburg, Tilman & Schmitz, Hubert & Stamm, Andreas, 2008. "Breakthrough China's and India's Transition from Production to Innovation," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 36(2), pages 325-344, February.
  3. Sasidharan, Subash & Kathuria, Vinish, 2011. "Foreign Direct Investment and R&D: Substitutes or Complements--A Case of Indian Manufacturing after 1991 Reforms," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(7), pages 1226-1239, July.

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