Innovation and Knowledge Management: The Long View

Blackwell Publishers
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Creativity and Innovation Management, 2001, 10 (3), pp. 165 - 176
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The challenge of the e-Economy is one of technological change and the innovation process affords insights into how this new knowledge can be harnessed across the economy to increase productivity and generate wealth. The conceptual framework for this paper is National Systems of Innovation (NSI) as applied to Australia Edquist (1997);Freeman (1995). NSI allows us to take a holistic view of innovation that realistically blends technology with institutional elements, particularly including issues of collaboration. Taking a Long View (Schwartz (1991),that is, looking back on the legacy of experience ith the innovation process, will also facilitate looking forward strategically from Australia's current practices, and to speculate on the prospects. This paper illustrates selectively and not comprehensively', from my own direct experience, the evolution of innovation policies in Australia and speculates on their implications for collaboration in the e-Economy by drawing on selected case studies in Research and Development, Industry and Trade, and the e-Economy. It also draws upon work for my doctorate in knowledge management at the University of Technology. The selection and synthesis of theory inevitably also reflect, however idiosyncratically, my academic training in engineering, politics and economics.
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