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Handbook of Innovation Indicators and Measurement

Handbook of Innovation Indicators and Measurement

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Edited by Fred Gault

This Handbook comprehensively examines indicators and statistical measurement related to innovation (as defined in the OECD/Eurostat Oslo Manual). It deals with the development and the use of innovation indicators to support decision-making and is written by authors who are practitioners, who know what works and what does not, in order to improve the development of indicators to satisfy future policy needs.

Chapter 1: Innovation indicators and measurement: an overview

Fred Gault

Subjects: business and management, organisational innovation, economics and finance, economics of innovation, innovation and technology, economics of innovation, innovation policy, organisational innovation, politics and public policy, public policy


People want jobs, ideally good jobs, and some support when things go wrong. The fundamental policy question is how to deliver jobs and sufficient growth to provide the public services expected. Some would argue that innovation is part of the answer, if not the only answer, but innovation is a complex phenomenon and the implementation of an innovation policy is not straightforward. More needs to be known about innovation and how it connects to the economy and the society. A step in this direction is learning how to measure the activity of innovation and its links to the innovation system. This handbook is a guide to how this is being done now and may be done in the future. It is written at a time when the domain of innovation studies is expanding and there are discussions about the definition of innovation for measurement purposes.

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