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The Evolution of Science Policy and Innovation Studies

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  • Ben Martin

    (SPRU, University of Sussex)

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This article examines the origins and evolution of the field of science policy and innovation studies (SPIS). Like other studies in this Special Issue, it seeks to systematically identify the key intellectual developments in the field over the last 50 years by analysing the publications that have been highly cited by other researchers. The analysis reveals how the emerging field of SPIS drew upon a growing range of disciplines in the late 1950s and 1960s, and how the relationship with these disciplines evolved over time. Around the mid-1980s, substantial parts of SPIS started to coalesce into a more coherent field centred on the adoption of an evolutionary (or neo-Schumpeterian) economics framework, an interactive model of the innovation process, and (a little later) the concept of ‘systems of innovation’ and the resource-based view of the firm. The article concludes with a discussion of whether SPIS is perhaps in the early stages of becoming a discipline.

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Paper provided by Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo in its series Working Papers on Innovation Studies with number 20080828.

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Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2008
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Handle: RePEc:tik:inowpp:20080828

Note: The research reported here was begun at SPRU but completed while I was working at the Centre for Advanced Study in the project led by Jan Fagerberg on ‘Understanding innovation’. I am grateful to the Centre for the facilities and support provided. The paper has benefited substantially from discussions with Giovanni Dosi, Jan Fagerberg, Benoit Godin, Hariolf Grupp, Magnus Gulbrandsen, Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Stan Metcalfe, David Mowery, Paul Nightingale, Koson Sapprasert and Jim Utterback. Any comments, criticisms, suggestions etc. would be much appreciated. However, the paper is not to be quoted without permission.
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  1. R. Martin, Ben & Nightingale, Paul & Yegros-Yegros, Alfredo, 2011. "Science and Technology Studies: Exploring the Knowledge Base," INGENIO (CSIC-UPV) Working Paper Series 201110, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV).
  2. Di Stefano, Giada & Gambardella, Alfonso & Verona, Gianmario, 2012. "Technology push and demand pull perspectives in innovation studies: Current findings and future research directions," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(8), pages 1283-1295.
  3. Perren, Lew & Sapsed, Jonathan, 2013. "Innovation as politics: The rise and reshaping of innovation in UK parliamentary discourse 1960–2005," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 42(10), pages 1815-1828.
  4. Clausen, Tommy & Fagerberg, Jan & Gulbrandsen, Magnus, 2012. "Mobilizing for change: A study of research units in emerging scientific fields," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(7), pages 1249-1261.
  5. Gonzalez, Reyes & Llopis, Juan & Gasco, Jose, 2013. "Innovation in public services: The case of Spanish local government," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 66(10), pages 2024-2033.
  6. Fagerberg, Jan & Landström, Hans & Martin, Ben R., 2012. "Exploring the emerging knowledge base of ‘the knowledge society’," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(7), pages 1121-1131.

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