As the economies of western countries move from primarily resource-based to knowledge-based, and trade liberalization limits what governments can do through direct action, the landscape of innovation is changing and policymakers must react accordingly. This exciting new book examines the challenges that policy makers face in responding to a new environment. The book addresses how governments are now seeking to drive innovation through new forms of R&D policies, through public procurement, skills development, entrepreneurship and innovation culture to name but a few of the approaches.
Innovation Policy Challenges for the 21st Century explores these and other contemporary issues in innovation, reviewing the state of the art literature and consolidating current thinking at the frontiers of innovation. The volume debates and presents scattered and anonymous material in a coherent way, with a particular focus is on `hot topics' in the field of innovation studies that have been previously under-researched. The book is divided into four key themes: government as a key actor in the innovation process, entrepreneurs as innovators, skills and competences required to maintain and improve innovation performance in Europe and finally, the wider context in which innovation policy develops.
Deborah Cox is a Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the University of Manchester, UK. John Rigby is a Senior Research Fellow at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the University of Manchester, UK.
Preface Foreword Ian Miles Introduction John Rigby and Deborah Cox Part I: Government Driving Innovation 1. Grand Challenges John Rigby, Yanuar Nugroho, Kathryn Morrison, and Ian Miles 2. Demand Led Innovation Ian Miles 3. Scope for International Cooperation on Green Building Standards Pierre Bitard 4. Public Services Hugo Thenint and Julie Basset Part II: Entrepreneurialism, Organizations, and Innovation 5. IPR and Innovation are Good for Each Other: An Open or Shut Case? John Rigby and Ian Miles 6. The Role and Importance of Gazelles and other Growth Firms for Innovation and Competitiveness John Rigby, Mercedes Bleda, Yanuar Nugroho, and Kathryn Morrison 7. Public-Private Partnerships for Financing Innovative SMEs John Rigby and Jennifer Hayden 8. Microfinance and Innovation Ian Miles and Yanuar Nugroho Part III: Skills, the Labor Force, and Innovation 9. Skills for Innovation Ian Miles, Barbara Jones, and Lawrence Green 10. Demographic Change, Skills, and Innovation Barbara Jones and Jennifer Hayden Part IV: Broadening and Deepening Innovation Policy 11. Innovation Culture Ian Miles and Sally Gee 12. Design as