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Workforce Skills and Innovation: An Overview of Major Themes in the Literature

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  • Phillip Toner

    (University of Sydney)

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This paper provides an account of the main approaches, debates and evidence in the literature on the role of workforce skills in the innovation process in developed economies. It draws on multiple sources including the innovation studies discipline, neoclassical Human Capital theory, institutionalist labour market studies and the work organisation discipline. Extensive use is also made of official survey data to describe and quantify the diversity of skills and occupations involved in specific types of innovation activities.

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  • Phillip Toner, 2011. "Workforce Skills and Innovation: An Overview of Major Themes in the Literature," OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers 2011/1, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:stiaaa:2011/1-en
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    2. Laura-Diana Radu, 2012. "Technological Innovation Management and its Role in Performance of Organizations," Acta Universitatis Danubius. OEconomica, Danubius University of Galati, pages 95-103.
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    4. Roberto Álvarez & Mario Canales, 2017. "Impacto de los Obstáculos al Conocimiento en la Innovación de las Empresas Chilenas," Working Papers wp452, University of Chile, Department of Economics.
    5. Doran, Justin & Ryan, Geraldine, 2014. "Firms’ skills as drivers of radical and incremental innovation," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 125(1), pages 107-109.
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