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National Innovation, Indicators and Policy

Edited by Louise Earl and Fred Gault

This book takes stock of what is known about the process of innovation and its effects, and the policy interventions that influence both. It provides insights into future research required to support evidence-based policy-making and makes clear the need to take a systems approach to the analysis of innovation, its outcomes and its impacts.
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Chapter 9: Rethinking Science and Technology Indicators for Innovation Policy in the Twenty-First Century

Anthony Arundel, Alessandra Colecchia and Andrew Wyckoff


9. Rethinking science and technology indicators for innovation policy in the twenty-first century* Anthony Arundel, Alessandra Colecchia and Andrew Wyckoff INTRODUCTION It has long been understood that the generation and exploitation of knowledge are fundamental to economic growth. The widespread diffusion of new information technologies in the 1990s vastly improved the capability of generating, manipulating and distilling information so that it becomes knowledge, bringing the issue of how knowledge is created, nurtured and used for competitive advantage to the fore. This interest has been further fuelled by changes in the demographic mix of the labour force in many Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, which place limits on increasing the size of the labour force as a potential source of growth, as well as by the emergence of skilled and lower-paid competitors from China and India, which creates new challenges for OECD countries, particularly with regard to innovation-driven activities. The increased importance attached to generating growth and maintaining a competitive advantage through a wide array of innovative activities has spurred an interest in better understanding the process and outcomes of innovation, the means for its diffusion (for example, commercialization, the exercise of intellectual property rights (IPRs)) and its value. Central to this is the need to measure innovation better. Beyond the preoccupation of many ministers of industry or science and technology with the act of invention and commercialization is the more fundamental interest of central bankers and ministers of finance in gaining a better understanding...

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