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National innovation policy and global open innovation: Exploring balances, tradeoffs and complementarities

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  • Carter Walter Bloch
  • Herstad Sverre, NIFU STEP, Norway
  • Bernd Ebersberger, Management Center Innsbruck, Austria
  • Els van de Velde, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy
The aim of this article is to suggest a framework for examining the way national policy mixes are responding to the challenges and opportunities of globally distributed knowledge networks, cross-sectoral technology flows and consequently open innovation processes occurring on an international scale. We argue that the purpose of public research and innovation policy remains one of developing and sustaining territorial knowledge bases capable of growing and supporting internationally competitive industries. But the rules of the game have changed. Public policy now needs to carefully balance between: a) promoting the formation of international linkages for knowledge sourcing and information exposure; b) providing incentives for domestic industry intramural R&D for building absorptive capacity and knowledge accumulation; and c) sustaining domestic networking to allow accumulated knowledge to diffuse and recombine.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScience and Public Policy
Pages (from-to)113-124
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Research areas

  • open innovation, innovation policy

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