This comprehensive and innovative Handbook applies the tools of the economics of complexity to analyse the causes and effects of technological and structural change. It grafts the intuitions of the economics of complexity into the tradition of analysis based upon the Schumpeterian and Marshallian legacies.
The Handbook elaborates the notion of innovation as an emerging property of the organized complexity of an economic system, and provides the basic tools to understand the recursive dynamics between the emergence of innovation and the unfolding of organized complexity. In so doing, it highlights the role of organizational thinking in explaining the introduction of innovations and the dynamics of structural change.
With a new methodological approach to the economics of technological change, this wide-ranging volume will become the standard reference for postgraduates, academics and practitioners in the fields of evolutionary economics, complexity economics and the economics of innovation.
Edited by Cristiano Antonelli, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics "Cognetti de Martis", University of Torino and Fellow, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Italy
Contents: PART I: INTRODUCTION 1. The Economic Complexity of Technological Change: Knowledge Interaction and Path Dependence Cristiano Antonelli PART II: THE ECONOMIC COMPLEXITY OF INNOVATION 2. Complexity and Innovation Dynamics David A. Lane 3. Complexity in the Theory of the Developing Firm Harry Bloch and Stan Metcalfe 4. The Persistence of Innovation and Path Dependence Alessandra Colombelli and Nick von Tunzelmann 5. The Symbiotic Theory of Innovation: Knowledge Creation and the Evolution of the Capitalist System Martin Fransman PART III: THE ECONOMIC COMPLEXITY OF KNOWLEDGE 6. Knowledge, Complexity and Networks Pier Paolo Saviotti 7. The Dynamics of Technological Knowledge: From Linearity to Recombination Jackie Krafft and Francesco Quatraro 8. Complexity and the Coordination of Technological Knowledge: The Case of Innovation Platforms Davide Consoli and Pier Paolo Patrucco 9. Causes, Consequences and Dynamics of `Complex' Distributions of Technological Activities: The Case of Prolific Inventors William Latham and Christian Le Bas 10. The Biomedical Workforce in the US: An Example of Positive Feedbacks Paula E. Stephan 11. University-Industry Interactions: The Unresolved Puzzle Isabel Maria Bodas Freitas, Aldo Geuna and Federica Rossi 12. A Functional Theory of Technology and Technological Change Andrea Bonaccorsi PART IV: THE ECONOMIC COMPLEXITY OF STRUCTURAL CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT 13. Mesoeconomics: A Unified Approach to Systems Complexity and Evolution Kurt Dopfer 14. Notes on a Complexity Theory of Economic Development Koen Frenken and Ron Boschma 15. Innovation Networks: Formation, Performance and Dynamics Uwe Cantner and Holger Graf 16. The Complex Interaction between Global Production Networks, Digital Information Systems and International Knowledge Transfers Jarle Hildrum, Dieter Ernst and Jan Fagerberg 17. The Complex Dynamics of Economic Development Veronica Robert and Gabriel Yoguel PART V: LESSONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR ECONOMIC POLICY 18. Coevolution, Emergence and Economic Development: Some Lessons from the Israeli and Mexican Experience Gabriela Dutrenit and Morris Teubal 19. Network Models of Innovation Process and Policy Implications Paul Ormerod, Bridget Rosewell and Greg Wiltshire 20. Government as Entrepreneur: Examples from US Technology Policy Albert N. Link and Jamie R. Link Index