You are welcome to join on November 21, 2018 (11:00 – 12:00), when prof. Charles Edquist gives a seminar with the title “To develop a Holistic Innovation Policy should be self-evident – for all countries and regions!” at The Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI), OECD, (room MB5122 in the Marshall Building, 2, rue André Pascal, Paris). Charles has been asked to present an overview of the conclusions reached in four separate (but interrelated) research areas – each based on recent publications.
The areas are:
- Why must innovation policy necessarily be holistic (and not partial/linear) to make the policy efficient, and how can such a holistic policy be developed?
- The Swedish National Innovation Council is a unique form of governance of innovation policy and has had a role in the transition towards a more holistic innovation policy in Sweden.
- Innovations can be enhanced by public procurement (which is 15-20 % of GDP). But it requires that the functions to be fulfilled by the products bought are specified – the product to be bought shall not be described at all.
- Measuring innovation is crucial for the design of innovation policy. However, the yearly published Summary Innovation Index of the EU is flawed and directly counterproductive to the development of efficient innovation policies.
In the presentation Charles will focus on the research results achieved. In the discussion he will present details underlying the conclusions. If there is not enough time, the arguments can be found in publications, see http://charlesedquist.com. In particular, the following publications, related to the four topics, are relevant:
- The book entitled “Holistic Innovation Policy: Theoretical Foundations, Policy Problems and Instrument Choices” by Susana Borrás and Charles Edquist is now advertised by Oxford University Press. Table of Contents and Chapter 1 can be downloaded here.
- Edquist, C. (2018, October). Towards a holistic innovation policy: Can the Swedish National Innovation Council (NIC) be a role model? Published on October 24, 2018 by Research Policy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.10.008 Alternative link here.
- Edquist, C. (November 2017). Developing strategic frameworks for innovation related public procurement – Thematic Report Topic A of the Mutual Learning Exercise (MLE) Innovation related public procurement.Published by European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, September 2017. Click here for the MLE Overview report page, click here to download the final report.
- Edquist, C., & Zabala-Iturriagagoitia, J.M. (2018, June 22). Viewpoint: The latest EU innovation index is out. It’s flawed. Debate article in Science Business. https://sciencebusinesnet/viewpoint/viewpoint-latest-eu-innovation-index-out-its-flawed (Based on Edquist, Zabala-Iturriagagoitia, Barbero and Sofio (2018). On the meaning of innovation performance: is the synthetic indicator of the Innovation Union Scoreboard flawed?, Research Evaluation, pp 1 – 16, https://doi.org/10.1093/reseval/rvy011, June 2018. Alternate link.)
Welcome to join the seminar next week, this time in Paris!