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The Theory and Practice of Innovation Policy

The Theory and Practice of Innovation Policy

An International Research Handbook

PRIME Series on Research and Innovation Policy in Europe

Edited by Ruud E. Smits, Stefan Kuhlmann and Phillip Shapira

This comprehensive Handbook explores the interactions between the practice, policy, and theory of innovation. The goal is twofold: to increase insight into this dynamic process, searching for options to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of both policy and innovative practice, and to identify conceptual or empirical lacunae and questions that can guide future research. The Handbook is a joint project from 24 prominent scholars in the field, and although each chapter reveals the insights of its respective authors, two overarching theoretical perspectives provide unique coherence and consistency throughout.

Chapter 13: Managing the Soft Side of Innovation: How do Practitioners, Researchers and Policymakers Deal with Service Innovation?

Pim den Hertog

Subjects: innovation and technology, innovation policy


Pim den Hertog INTRODUCTION 1 Services and service innovation are ubiquitous. Some of these can be clearly observed in our role as end consumers. For example. new global positioning systems (GPS) are changing radically the ways in which we navigate through traffic and cities and form the basis for a whole new generation of location-based services. New retail models are appearing not only in the high streets but on the internet as well, leading to new service experiences. Digital marketplaces are transforming some consumers into traders. New business models - such as those exemplified by low-cost airlines or in retail banking - are changing our lives on a daily basis. In the business setting. innovative services are offered on almost all business processes including HR services, logistics, financial services and marketing. Electronic marketplaces have created both scale and niches to allow for new service offerings. Firms are confronted with all kind of innovative new services, which are wrapped around capital goods such as printer/copiers or advanced medical equipment. In fact these are the service activities where value is added at an increasing rate. Some manufacturers are even gradually transforming themselves into service providers or in some cases selling off their manufacturing activities completely (IBM is a well-known example here). In typical not-for-profit sectors such as education, safety and government we see new ways in which producers and final users interact, and new ways in which services are delivered and service concepts used. Think of one-stop shopping concepts or This contribution...

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