IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

Towards a theoretical approach to national systems of innovation


  • José Miguel Benavente
  • Gustavo Crespi


The purpose of this paper is to formulate a theoretical framework as an alternative to the neoclassical one in order to find a more consistent explanation to the phenomenon of innovation and the process of growth. This new frame of thought, developed on the axis of the Schumpeterian process of competition and on learning as a social phenomenon, is characterized by the systemic nature of the interactions between agents and institutions. It is posited here that such interactions can be characterized by four key processes, namely: technological absorption, human capital formation, transformation (and creation of new endogenous technology) and technological diffusion. The latter is related to informational channels which allow connecting the former three processes in the most efficient manner possible. Though some of these channels operate through the markets, the process governing most of them is characterized by the existence of strong imperfections which generates a need for public intervention and ca

Suggested Citation

  • José Miguel Benavente & Gustavo Crespi, 1995. "Towards a theoretical approach to national systems of innovation," Estudios de Economia, University of Chile, Department of Economics, vol. 22(2 Year 19), pages 243-275, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:udc:esteco:v:22:y:1995:i:2:p:243-275

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:udc:esteco:v:22:y:1995:i:2:p:243-275. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Verónica Kunze). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.