Event Announcement: Diagnosing and strengthening local and regional innovation systems

On the 28th of August I will present a practical workshop in South Africa as part of the 5th Innovation Summit. Last year’s summit was one of the highlights of my year and I look forward to contributing to this event. The workshop I will be presenting will concentrate on how to diagnose an innovation… Continue reading Event Announcement: Diagnosing and strengthening local and regional innovation systems

Is there a hierarchy of the different levels of innovation?

In my daily work I often switch between working on firm level issues about innovation to working on the more systemic level of innovation systems. My focus is mainly on the institutions that are trying to get whole regions or sub-sectors to uprgrade technologically. In other words, they want modernization of a particular sub-sector or… Continue reading Is there a hierarchy of the different levels of innovation?

Identifying firms to work with to induce upgrading of industries

Businesses absorb knowlege from other businesses that are economically competent

This post was revised in February 2018. When working on the improvement of innovation systems in developing countries, we have to work with firms. These firms have several roles, and there are three units of analysis: The firm is an important unit of analysis of innovative practices (product, process, business model). The firm is also… Continue reading Identifying firms to work with to induce upgrading of industries

Innovation is not linear

You would think that everyone would know this by now. You are wrong. Frequently, policy makers, universities and technological supporting institutions erroneously describe innovation according to a linear model that assumes that innovation is applied science. It is assumed to be ‘linear[1]‘ because it is believed that there are a series of well-defined stages that… Continue reading Innovation is not linear

The difference between invention and innovation

This post is copied from a chapter in a book that I am working on about the fundamentals of innovation systems. I am responsible for the thematic area of innovation systems within the knowledge consultancy mesopartner that I am a partner of. If you want to stay abreast of the work I am doing on… Continue reading The difference between invention and innovation

Quick recap: what is an innovation system?

Before I continue with this series, it is necessary for me to refer you back to a post I wrote some time ago where I described what an innovation system is. For the full post, click here For those to lazy to click on links I will quickly summary two key points. Freeman (1987:1) defined… Continue reading Quick recap: what is an innovation system?

In search of innovation in firms

Thank you for your concerned messages about my recent whereabouts. In the last few weeks I have involved in running a RALIS (Rapid Appraisal of Local Innovation Systems) with my colleague and friend John Lawson. This process is focused around three Institutes of Advanced Tooling in South Africa that are based in the Western Cape,… Continue reading In search of innovation in firms

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