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This research focuses on the taxonomy, diversity and recent evolution of the systems of innovation and aims to derive new principles and tools in order to govern science and technology policy in the era of European integration and larger interdependence at the world level.
The first question addressed goes back to the central notion of this study: what a system of innovation is. It is addressed to a broad community of specialists and asks: what a national system of innovation (NSI) does, which institutions it involves, at what level it operates and finally how it performs (Work Package A).
The second question bears on the diversity of national systems observed in Europe and how they fare compare to other very different systems such as the one of Japan (Work Package B).
The third question focuses on the working of NSI at specific levels: the regions and the multinational firms, looking for more information and scope on the conflicting issues that may arise at these levels (Work Package C).
The fourth question then addresses the core issue: what is the impact of economic integration and internationalisation on national systems of innovations (Work Package D).

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