The Effect of Innovation Programs. Measuring What?
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The Effect of Innovation Programs. Measuring What?

Innovation policy programs and instruments are very ambitious. Measuring their effects must focus broadly and not narrowly on their added value. Many countries have developed ambitious public policies, programs and instruments that promote innovation in the economy, and the solution of complex societal problems. The logic behind this is the expectation that public programs can … Continue reading

What knowledge competences are important for innovation?
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What knowledge competences are important for innovation?

This is a crucial question when designing any innovation policy, yet a very difficult one to answer. There is a broad acknowledgment that education, training and skills are important for the economic and social advancement of any society, here including innovation performance. However the lack of conceptual clarity in the academic literature on these matters … Continue reading

Venture Philanthropy: A New Approach to Funding Innovation
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Venture Philanthropy: A New Approach to Funding Innovation

Venture Philanthropy is a new approach to funding innovation. It helps bridging the gap between the traditional philanthropic funding of scientific research, and the venture capital funding of innovation. A path breaking article shows how it works, as well as its pros and cons. Venture Philanthropy is a mix between philanthropy and venture capital in … Continue reading

Coping with Brain Drain
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Coping with Brain Drain

How are governments addressing the problem of brain drain when designing innovation policy? To be sure, “brain drain” is the situation where a country suffers a net loss of highly-skilled labour force during an extended period of time. Highly-skilled labour force includes those with high education levels, highly specialised skills, and research abilities. It naturally includes scientists … Continue reading