This significant book demonstrates how the `systems of innovation' approach can be utilised to understand the complex interactions between innovation and growth which, in turn, can enhance the prospects of developing nations.
Systems of Innovation and Development confronts the challenges and opportunities of the knowledge era, focusing particularly on the new conditions for industrial and technological advancement. The distinguished contributors address many of the most significant issues including the globalising learning economy, the finance-dominated accumulation regime, learning and development divides, systems of innovation and local productive arrangements. They also define the conceptual and methodological instruments which can be used to analyse and understand the core issues of learning, knowledge and innovation. In doing so, they demonstrate the value of the systems of innovation approach in the design and implementation of strategic development policies which are urgently required in many countries.
This book represents a significant contribution to the debates surrounding globalisation and local systems of innovation. The diverse perspectives on global and local processes combined with original insights on developing countries will be of immense value to scholars and students of economics, social science, political science, and business administration. The book will also be of interest to policymakers in governmental and non-governmental bodies, particularly international development agencies.
Edited by Jose E. Cassiolato, Helena M.M. Lastres and Maria Lucia Maciel, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Contents: Foreword Preface 1. Systems of Innovation for Development in the Knowledge Era: An Introduction Part I: Systems of Innovation for Development in the Knowledge Era 2. Structure and Development of a Knowledge Based Economy: The Policy Implications 3. The Financing of Innovation-Related Investment in the Contemporary Global Finance-Dominated Accumulation Regime 4. A Hard Landing for the `New Economy'? Information Technology and the United States National System of Innovation 5. Promoting Innovation Systems as a Response to the Globalizing Learning Economy 6. Globalization and Glocalization: Problems for Developing Countries and Policy (Supranational, National and Subnational) Implications 7. Globalization, Territorial Scales and Regionalized Technology Policy in Brazil 8. On the Policy Implications of Variety Growth for Developing and Industrializing Countries 9. From Local Clusters to Innovation Systems 10. Clusters and Chains: How Inter-Firm Organization Influences Industrial Upgrading 11. Knowledge, Innovation and Learning: Systems and Policies in the North and in the South 12. Macroeconomic Regimes and Business Strategies: An Alternative Industrial Policy for Brazil in the Wake of the 21st Century Part II: Local Productive Clusters and Innovation Systems in Brazil 13. Clustering in a Backward Region: The Footwear Productive System in Campina Grande 14. Learning Trajectories and Upgrading Strategies in the Footwear Productive System of Sinos Valley/RS 15. Textile and Clothing Local Productive System in the Itajai Valley: Local Capabilities and Partial Interactive Learning 16. Exploiting Natural Resources Without Local Co-ordination: Ornamental Stones Productive Systems in Espirito Santo (ES) and Rio de Janeiro (RJ) States 17. Strengthening and Weakening Local Capabilities: The Case of the Local Innovation System in the Parana Soybean Agroindustrial Sector 18. Liberalization and Local Innovative Capabilities: The Fiat Supplier Network in Minas Gerais 19. Downgrading Local Capabilities in IT: The Telecom Innovation System in Campinas 20. Building up Complex Production Systems in Developing Countries: The Embraer Experience 21. The Metal-Mechanic Production System in Espirito Santo: Commodity Exports and Local Industrial Capabilities 22. Structural Features of Local Productive Systems in the Brazilian Economy: A Comparative Analysis 23. Local Productive and Innovative Systems in Brazil: A Policy Perspective Bibliography Index