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How can we study innovation systems?: Introducing an actor-centralised perspective
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Economics. KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, CESIS.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0820-2769
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Abstract [en]

The systems of innovation approach has helped advocating a view on innovation as dependent onthe interaction over time between different actors and brought the role of institutions to the centerof interest. However, the approach has remained a general framework rather than evolved into ananalytical tool for the study of the dynamics of innovation activities. In this discussion paper, weintroduce the concept of innovation system services, defined as the set of factors that have asignificant potential influence on the opportunities of a certain groups of actors to perform a certaintype of activities efficiently. We suggest that the relevant innovation system for the actors-activitiesnexus at hand can be defined as this set of system services. We examine this analytical framework ina case study on R&D investments of multinational enterprises in Sweden. In this context, innovationsystem services are defined as the set of external factors that the case study suggests to havesignificant impact on the decisions of MNEs to invest in R&D in Sweden. The focus on servicesallows us to analyse the influence of an innovation system on the long-term development of R&D inSweden in a structured and coherent manner and to identify critical dynamics.

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CESIS, KTH Royal Institute of Technology , 2008. , 30 p.
CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation, 124
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innovation systems, actor-centralised perspective, activities efficiently, R&D investments, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-72435OAI: diva2:487585
QC 20120208Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-01-31 Last updated: 2012-02-08Bibliographically approved

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