Conceptual foundations of innovation systems
- Document type
- Working Paper
- Bateria, Jorge
- Manchester Business School
- Date of publication
- 24 November 2009
- University of Manchester Business School Working Papers
- Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business, Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
- Business and management
- Material type
Production and transfer of knowledge, and the role of institutions, are two major conceptual tenets of Innovation Systems (IS) literature, which flourished in the evolutionary stream of economics since the 1980s. Building on results of different disciplines, this paper critically discusses ‘knowledge’ and ‘institution’ concepts used in that literature and presents alternative meanings supported by emergentist ontology of persons, social and cultural phenomena. The paper discusses how such conceptual framework matters for the analysis of innovation processes and what are its policy implications.
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