Development, Implementation, Measurement and Management
Chapter 11: The Roles of the Players
INTRODUCTION Chapter 10 provided an agenda for future work on activities to improve understanding of innovation strategies in the medium and short term. This chapter looks at the people who are going to do the work and makes recommendations for what needs to be done. The recommendations are based on years of experience and observation resulting from dealing with policy-makers and official statisticians in their own countries and in international organizations. The perspective, therefore, is from the working level where the objective is to get things done, specifically those things proposed in Chapter 10. This is a book about innovation strategies in a global economy, their development, implementation, measurement and management. It assumes, explicitly, that innovation can be a power for good, but only if it is managed, and it recognizes that the system in which innovation occurs is global, complex, dynamic and non-linear in its response to the policy intervention. The global nature means that no government policy can control the entire value chain. Complexity means that innovation is not described by sound bites, the dynamics of the system may be impossible to manage, and counter-intuitive outcomes of government policy may result from the non-linearity of the system. In the next few pages, the roles of the players in the policy system are considered. They are: the senior person from industry; policy analysts from government; academics and researchers; policy analysts from international organizations; representatives of civil society, including the consumer, along with industry and labour associations; and the official...
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