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Canada's Low-Innovation Equilibrium: Why It Has Been Sustained and How It Will Be Disrupted

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The paper begins with some basic innovation definitions and quickly reviews evidence of the relatively weak innovation performance of Canadian business. The core of the paper develops a thesis that explains why Canadian industry, on the whole, has not emphasized innovation in its business strategies but has prospered nonetheless. This raises the question of whether Canada's low-innovation equilibrium can persist in the face of tectonic forces related to globalization, technology, and sustainability that require innovative responses from enterprises worldwide and, not least, from Canada.

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  • Peter Nicholson, 2016. "Canada's Low-Innovation Equilibrium: Why It Has Been Sustained and How It Will Be Disrupted," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 42(s1), pages 39-45, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:42:y:2016:i:s1:p:39-45
    DOI: 10.3138/cpp.2015-019
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    1. Jonathan Calof, 2018. "Enhancing Innovation Performance in Companies," Foresight and STI Governance (Foresight-Russia till No. 3/2015), National Research University Higher School of Economics, vol. 12(3), pages 30-33.
    2. Daniel Schwanen, 2017. "Innovation Policy in Canada: A Holistic Approach," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 497, December.

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