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Seminar: Innovation systems and inclusive innovation

The Open University

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 from 14:30 to 16:30 (GMT)

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Innovation systems and inclusive innovation

Dave Wield and Dinar Kale

This seminar aims to introduce you to the thinking behind the innovation systems approach and how it might be used in research. All first-year students are welcome and any others who may find the approach useful.

The innovation systems approach is the most used analytical technique to the social and economic analysis of social and technical innovation. It is used to build understanding of the differential development of nations, regions, sectors and firms. The Open University is a world leader in the use of this approach.

The two hour ‘taster’ session (14.30-16.30) will:

  • Introduce the concept innovation system, and its sub-concepts (national, sectoral, regional)
  • Critique the national innovation systems conceptual focus on advanced nations and show the usefulness of the concept to Low Income Countries (LICs), Middle Income Countries (MICs) and to inclusive innovation approaches
  • Introduce the regional and sectoral innovation systems approaches and their usefulness in research.



Please read the Lundvall article and one of the other three, depending on your own research interests and the questions you wish to address (see, for example, those below).

  • Lundvall, B-A (2007) National Innovation Systems; analytical concept and development tool, Industry and Innovation 14,1 95-119
  • Watkins, A, Papaioannou, T., Mugwagwa, J. and Kale, D. (2015) National Innovation Systems and the intermediary role of industry associations in building institutional capacity in developing countries: a critical review of the literature, Research Policy 44, 8, 1407-1418.
  • Malerba, F (2002) Sectoral systems of innovation, Research Policy 31, 2 247-264.
  • Cooke, P (2001) Regional innovation systems, clusters and the knowledge economy, Industrial and Corporate Change 10, 945-974.




Questions useful for reading the literature:

  • Does the Innovation Systems approach provide a useful analytical technique to explain why some nations, regions, sectors and firms do better than others?
  • Does the Innovation Systems approach help us understand how LICs and MICS can improve their competitiveness
  • What would an Innovation Systems analysis look like of a nation, sector (industry, health, education, culture, etc) or region (sub-nation) that you know well?




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Library Seminar Room 3
The Open University
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 7 March 2018 from 14:30 to 16:30 (GMT)

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