Author: Alexandra Waluszewski
Publication date: may 2012
This report is a conclusion of empirical experiences of attempts to boost innovation made by two different professions. The first is the policy practitioner, represented by participants in the GLOVAL project, (Global Value Chains as an Emerging Challenge for National and European Research and Technological Development Policies) where representatives of 10 EU member states participated. The second is the researcher, represented by scholars engaged in a wide variety of disciplines; from economic history, history of technology, science and technology studies, economic anthropology, to business studies with empirical studies of innovation as the common denominator.
The contribution of the author was to utilize these respective professions‘ experiences; not least the work carried out within her own research field, industrial network research, in the discussion on how support can be created for innovation processes that lead both to economic growth and to societal benefits for the investing communities.
The critical question for policy makers is: whether and how RTD support policies can be designed and executed in order to get the best possible (national/regional) results for the (national/regional) money invested? GLOVAL seeks to answer this question through three areas of inquiry:
GLOVAL offers RTD policymakers practical tools for appraising public RTD investments in cases with a significant global value chain dimension.
The research leading to this report received funding from the European Union‘s Seventh Framework Program under grant agreement no 234608 GLOVAL and from the Handelsbanken Research Foundation.