New economic ground for innovation policy (Bilbao, 2009)

New economic ground for innovation policy
Bilbao, Spain, 14 September 2009

This Six Countries Programme workshop aims to explore the different directions for renewing the economic foundations of innovation policy. While the Innovation Systems approach is increasingly followed by policy makers and policy researchers to expand their understanding of innovation, the actual innovation policies and resource allocations are still mainly guided by a narrow neo-classical macro-economic interpretation. This ne-classical macro-economic framework does not provide satisfactory treatment of innovation, mainly because markets and economic agents do not innovate in the way the standard neoclassical model assumes. These are good reasons to try to find out in what directions we need to look for new concepts and new rationales for innovation policy making, different rationales which adequately address non-linear networked models of innovation as collective search and learning processes.

The papers and summarising results of the event are collected in 'New economic ground for innovation policy, edited by Lennart Elg and Jos Leijten. The authors in this book analyse the directions where we need to look for new concepts and new rationales for innovation policy in order to address innovation as search and learning processes. The book can be ordered from Cultiva Books.

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