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In relation to innovation research, the 20 projects selected for this review reflect the current contribution to the field of insights from evolutionary economics, modern firm theories, institutional economics and the heuristics of innovation systems. Although the findings and perspectives from these projects are presented in a reflexive and discursive way, the translation of research insights into the practice of policy making is still fragmented and somewhat lagging. The report tries to fill this gap by identifying the policy-relevant lessons which emerge when considering and contrasting projects. The topics addressed by the projects have been clustered into five thematic areas, which not only emerge as central across the projects reviewed, but are also crucial for addressing the main challenges Europe is facing at the moment: the impact of innovation; the changing nature of knowledge production; the importance of institutions; human capital, labour market and innovation; and the governance of research, technology and innovation policy.

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Authors: LEITNER K-H, Department of Technology Policy, ARC Systems Research, Vienna (AT);WEBER M, Department of Technology Policy, ARC Systems Research, Vienna (AT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23164 EN (2007), 58 pp. Free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-23164-EN-N)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-07572-8
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