Three stories about national sytems of innovation

Document type: Bookchapters
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Alina Lidén
Title: Three stories about national sytems of innovation
Translated title: Three Stories About National Systems of Innovation
Book: Innovation, technology and knowledge
Year: 2012
Editor: Charlie Karlsson, Börje Johansson, Roger R. Stough
ISBN: 978-0-415-66778-4 (hbk)
Publisher: Routledge
City: London
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Management (Sektionen för management)
School of Management S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: National System of Innovation (NIS) is a fairly young concept, which emerged in the beginning of the 1980s. Nevertheless, NIS studies are extensive: there is growing interest and a well-established group of researchers deal with the concept and set the research agenda. Despite this great interest for the NIS approach and the extensive work done so far, the concept is challenged by noteworthy conceptual and methodological ambiguities and limitations. The aim of this paper is to place the NIS approach within a historical, economic, social and intellectual context and briefly outline its development over time. There is no doubt that the success of NIS is to a great extent due to the role played by the OECD, but the success of the NIS approach has also to be understood the historical context in which it emerged. The second part of the article will analyse the implementation of the NIS approach in Sweden.
Subject: Economics\Macro Economics
Keywords: national systems of innovation, innovation system, OECD, Sweden, Vinnova