The evolution of innovation systems

Kastelle, Tim, Potts, Jason and Dodgson, Mark (2014). The evolution of innovation systems. In Kurt Dopfer and Jason Potts (Ed.), The New Evolutionary Economics. III: Evolutionary Macroeconomics (pp. 420-446) Cheltenham, Glos, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.

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Author Kastelle, Tim
Potts, Jason
Dodgson, Mark
Title of chapter The evolution of innovation systems
Title of book The New Evolutionary Economics. III: Evolutionary Macroeconomics
Place of Publication Cheltenham, Glos, United Kingdom
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Series International Library of Critical Writings in Economics
ISBN 9781843767268
ISSN 1368-6933
Editor Kurt Dopfer
Jason Potts
Volume number 287
Chapter number 19
Start page 420
End page 446
Total pages 27
Total chapters 26
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
There is increasing appreciation of the role facilitating systems play in innovation. National Innovation Systems were the first type identified, and a range of other forms of innovation system have been suggested including local clusters, Regional Innovation Systems and Sectoral Innovation Systems. Innovating agents tend to be similar across and within these different systems, and include individuals, firms, research institutes, financial institutions and universities. However, each system tends to co-ordinate the activities of these agents in different ways, and this is what differentiates the systems. This paper uses the micro mesa macro analytical framework from evolutionary economics to provide a new view of innovation system evolution. The key implications of this perspective are: innovation systems are best analysed as populations; the different types of innovation system interact at the level of innovating agents, and which one dominates in a particular situation will vary; innovation systems and innovating agent eo-evolve - rather than thinking that agents must conform to the constraints of the systems they work within, it is important to realise that they can also shape these systems through innovative action. Conceptualising innovation systems in this way leads to testable propositions that provide a different way of analysing their evolution.
Keyword Innovation systems
Evolutionary economics
Micro meso macro analysis
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