After completion of this course the student is able to describe and apply the different innovation system frameworks.
In innovation literature, two main insights led to the development of the innovation systems frameworks.|
The first is that innovation is a collective act. Multiple actors are involved in innovation processes and it is almost impossible to innovate in complete isolation. One can think of relations between firms in the development of new technologies but also about interactions between firms and users of technology. Furthermore, firms are strongly influenced in their innovation decisions by the institutional conditions that are in place.
The second is the insight that the linear model of innovation is a too simplistic model to understand and stimulate innovation processes. Instead many feedback loops are present and many factors other than only R&D influence the outcome of innovation processes. Therefore, innovation outcomes are best understood from a system perspective.
In this course students study different innovation system frameworks, like National Systems of Innovation, Regional Innovation Systems, Technological Innovation Systems, Multi-Level Perspective, and Innovation Ecosystems.
Students will understand the value of a systems perspective for innovation. They will identify the differences between the frameworks, their strengths and weaknesses and will know which systems perspectives are most suited to answer specific research questions.
Next to acquiring basic theoretical knowledge about innovation systems students will also apply this knowledge in practice by carrying out a technological innovation system analysis..
This course contains an Honours component.
An early exit for exchange students is not possible in this course.
This course is an entry requirement for:
- Innovatieproject 2 (GEO3-2226)
- Bachelor’s thesis NW&I (GEO3-2228/GEO3-2275)
- Module op Maat NW&I (GEO3-2267)