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

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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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  • Richard Nelson, 2004. "The challenge of building an effective innovation system for catch-up," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(3), pages 365-374.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:oxdevs:v:32:y:2004:i:3:p:365-374 DOI: 10.1080/1360081042000260575
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    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Helena Barnard & Robin Cowan & Moritz Müller, 2016. "On the value of foreign PhDs in the developing world: Training versus selection effects," Working Papers of BETA 2016-04, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg.
    4. 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.
    5. Musa Çağlar & Sinan Gürel, 0. "Public R&D project portfolio selection problem with cancellations," OR Spectrum: Quantitative Approaches in Management, Springer;Gesellschaft für Operations Research e.V., pages 1-29.
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