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Towards a Unified Conception of Innovation Systems

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Institute for Economic Research on Innovation ________________________________________________________________________ IERI Working Paper 2010 0002 Towards a Unified Conception of Innovation Systems Angathevar Baskaran and Mammo Muchie ______________________________________________________________________________ Institute for Economic Research on Innovation,Tshwane University of Technology, 159 Skinner Street, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa.Tel: (27) (12) 382 3073, Fax: (27) (12) 382 3071, e-mail: [email protected], URL:http://www.ieri.org.za Towards a Unified Conception of Innovation Systems Angathevar Baskaran 1 and Mammo Muchie 2 Abstract In this paper an attempt will be made to identify what has been explicitly recognised as central and peripheral within the systems of innovation concept; the inclusion or exclusion of the factors that are important in understanding the political economy of innovation systems; the themes, issues and range of actors and spaces that must be included in NSI types of appreciative theory or modelling. We suspect that those who focus narrowly tend to exclude important variables that must be included in the understanding of the making and development of innovation systems. Conversely those who focus broadly may include factors that may not be helpful in creating clarity of conception and understanding of the innovation systems application to the problems and challenges of development. It is thus important to reflect and review the variety of ways the system of innovation has been used by the economists who have used the NSI perspective in their search to develop alternative frameworks to understand the problems and challenges of economic system dynamics in general and economic development in particular. We will probe how the search for an alternative economic framework for economic development through the NSI perspective have been

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