Uneven Paths of Development: Innovation and Learning in Asia and Africa

Uneven Paths of Development: Innovation and Learning in Asia and Africa

By: Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka (author), Rajah Rasiah (author)Hardback

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This book focuses on what can be learned from the complex processes of industrial, technological and organizational change in the sectoral system of information hardware (IH). The IH innovation system is deliberately chosen to illustrate how sectors act as seeds of economic progress. Detailed firm-level studies were carried out in seven countries, three in Africa (Nigeria, Mauritius and South Africa) and four in Asia (China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Indonesia). Bringing together two important areas of research (the scholarship on technology, innovation and learning, and the development literature) this book creates a useful and novel framework for understanding development, and draws very strong policy lessons for latecomer countries. It will be of great interest to graduate students working on evolutionary economics, science and technology policy studies, as well as policymakers and research institutes.

About Author

Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, Director, Monitoring and Research Division (MRD), UN-HABITAT, Kenya and Professorial Fellow, UNU-MERIT, Netherlands and Rajah Rasiah, Professor of Technology and Innovation Policy, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, Malaysia, Professorial Fellow, UNU-MERIT, Netherlands, Senior Research Associate, Sanjaya Lall Centre for Technology and Development, Oxford University, UK


Contents: Preface 1. Learning to Innovate: Information Hardware in Asia and Africa 2. The Rapid Rise of China 3. Low Value-Added Operations in Indonesia 4. Rapid Expansion with Slow Upgrading in Malaysia 5. Making a Difficult Transition in Mauritius 6. Weak Institutions Constrain Growth in Nigeria 7. Information Hardware at Incipient Phase in South Africa 8. Taiwan's Move from Follower to Leader 9. Conclusions and Policy Implications References Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781847209061
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781847209061
  • ISBN10: 1847209068

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