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The Evolution of Science Policy and Innovation Studies

  • Ben Martin

    (SPRU, University of Sussex)

This article examines the origins and evolution of the field of science policy and innovation studies (SPIS). In particular, it seeks to identify the key intellectual developments in the field over the last 50 years by analysing the publications that have been highly cited by other researchers. Along with other studies reported in this Special issue, it represents one of the first and most systematic attempts to identify and analyse the most influential contributions to an emerging field on the basis of highly cited books and articles. The analysis reveals how the emerging field of SPIS drew upon a growing range of disciplines in the late 1950s and 1960s, and how the relationship with these disciplines evolved over time. Around the mid-1980s, SPIS started to become a more coherent field centred on the adoption of an evolutionary (or neo-Schumpeterian) economics framework, and an interactive model of the innovation process, and (a little later) the concept of 'systems of innovation' and the resource-based view of the firm. The article concludes with a discussion of whether SPIS is perhaps in the early stages of becoming a discipline.

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Paper provided by Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo in its series Working Papers on Innovation Studies with number 20080828.

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Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2008
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Handle: RePEc:tik:inowpp:20080828
Note: The research reported here was begun at SPRU but completed while I was working at the Centre for Advanced Study in the project led by Jan Fagerberg on ‘Understanding innovation’. I am grateful to the Centre for the facilities and support provided. The paper has benefited substantially from discussions with Giovanni Dosi, Jan Fagerberg, Benoit Godin, Hariolf Grupp, Magnus Gulbrandsen, Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Stan Metcalfe, David Mowery, Paul Nightingale, Koson Sapprasert and Jim Utterback. Any comments, criticisms, suggestions etc. would be much appreciated. However, the paper is not to be quoted without permission.
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