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The role of TA in Systemic Innovation Policy


  • Ruud Smits


  • Rutger van Merkerk
  • David H. Guston
  • Daniel Sarewitz


Starting from the perception of innovation as a multi actor, multi level strategic game, this paper addresses the role of strategic intelligence, more in particular of TA, in systemic innovation policies. First the history of TA in the US and Europe over the last 4 decades are described and its role in innovation policies discussed. Hereafter the role and (possible) impact of strategic intelligence and systemic innovation policies is analysed. Two recent cases of Constructive TA are used to illustrate how this role is operationalised. The paper is concluded with conclusions on how strategic intelligence may further reinforce systemic innovation policies. Special attention is paid to the role of strategic intelligence in empowering users and other non traditional actors in innovation processes.

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  • Ruud Smits & Rutger van Merkerk & David H. Guston & Daniel Sarewitz, 2008. "The role of TA in Systemic Innovation Policy," Innovation Studies Utrecht (ISU) working paper series 08-01, Utrecht University, Department of Innovation Studies, revised Feb 2008.
  • Handle: RePEc:uis:wpaper:0801

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    1. Giovanni Dosi & Christopher Freeman & Richard Nelson & Gerarld Silverberg & Luc Soete (ed.), 1988. "Technical Change and Economic Theory," LEM Book Series, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy, number dosietal-1988, August.
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