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Innovation Studies: Evolution and Future Challenges

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  • Fagerberg, Jan
    (Professor, Center for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, and Professor, Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University)

  • Martin, Ben R.
    (Professor of Science and Technology Policy Studies, SPRU, University of Sussex)

  • Andersen, Esben Sloth
    (Professor, Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University)

Abstract

Innovation is increasingly recognized as a vitally important social and economic phenomenon worthy of serious research study. Firms are concerned about their innovation ability, particularly relative to their competitors. Politicians care about innovation, too, because of its presumed social and economic impact. However, to recognize that innovation is desirable is not sufficient. What is required is systematic and reliable knowledge about how best to influence innovation and to exploit its effects to the full. Gaining such knowledge is the aim of the field of innovation studies, which is now at least half a century old. Hence, it is an opportune time to ask what has been achieved and what we still need to know more about. This is what this book sets out to explore. Written by a number of central contributors to the field, it critically examines the current state of the art and identifies issues that merit greater attention. The focus is mainly on how society can derive the greatest benefit from innovation and what needs to done to achieve this. However, to learn more about how society can benefit more from innovation, one also needs to understand innovation processes in firms and how these interact with broader social, institutional and political factors. Such issues are therefore also central to the discussion here. Contributors to this volume - Esben S. Andersen, Professor of Evolutionary Economics, Aalborg University Giovanni Dosi, Professor of Economics, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Jan Fagerberg, Professor, Aalborg University and University of Oslo; Visiting Scholar University of Lund Edward Lorenz, Professor of Economics, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis Bengt-Ake Lundvall, Professor Emeritus, Aalborg University and Secretary General of Globelics Ben R. Martin, Professor of Science and Technology Policy Studies, University of Sussex Mariana Mazzucato, RM Phillips Professor in Science and Technology Policy, University of Sussex Richard R. Nelson, Professor Emeritus and Director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Global Development at the Earth Institute, Columbia University Carlota Perez, Professor of Technology and Development, Technological University of Tallinn; Visiting Scholar, London School of Economics Luc Soete, Rector Magnificus, Maastricht University W. Edward Steinmueller, Professor of Information and Communication Technology Policy, University of Sussex

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  • Fagerberg, Jan & Martin, Ben R. & Andersen, Esben Sloth (ed.), 2013. "Innovation Studies: Evolution and Future Challenges," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199686353, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780199686353
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