Innovation, science and technology and the wealth gained from them make continuous media copy and yet there is a manifest imbalance in society, a paradox of more prosperity but growing exclusion. This book marks the 25th anniversary of the Six Countries Programme, which pioneered the study of innovation from a policy viewpoint but with a radical ethos.
This ethos is continued by the contributors to this book who challenge much of the current thinking on innovation and technology and attempt to provide markers for the way ahead. They propose a systemic approach to the innovation process as the route to a more sustainable future and provide the alternative of a learning society to a knowledge society which seems to be inexorably driven by Schumpetarian dynamics.
Edited by Gerry Sweeney, SICA Innovation Consultants Ltd, Dublin, Ireland
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction: Innovation and Innovation Policy: the Need for Re-examination 2. Cultural Influences on Innovation Climates in the Industrialised World 3. The Economic Role of Technology in a Competence Bloc based Industrial Policy Analysis 4. Innovation Policy as a Substitute for Failing Economic Policies 5. Innovation: From Individual Decisions to the Emergence of Policy and Global Fate - a Sociological Perspective 6. Internationalisation of Innovation, Interdependence and Innovation Policy for Sustainable Development 7. The Knowledge Based Economy: Better Living or Bigger Profits? 8. Learning-by-Comparing: Reflections on the Use and Abuse of International Benchmarking 9. Territory and Innovation: The Role of the Milieu 9. Social Capital: The Core Factor in Economic Resurgence 10. Innovation in the Next Decade: The Need for Integrated Policies Index