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Assessing and building innovation and learning capacity in local organizations

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Abstract


  • Conceptual models of regional innovation systems have prompted major government

    initiatives in Europe and North America to assess and to promote local innovation and

    learning capabilities. In Australia, by contrast, local governments and other local

    organizations concerned with economic and social development are faltering. Lacking

    is (1) a conceptual understanding of local knowledge and innovation networks; (2)

    data on local innovation actors and activities; and (3) clarity on the most effective

    ways for municipal and regional government to 'construct advantage' in a federal

    system. The paper reviews the 'macro' (e.g. innovation surveys) and 'micro' (e.g.

    case studies) approach to assessing the capability of regional innovation systems. The

    paper then reports work in progress to develop a more 'meso' approach, first to

    further develop a classification of the local 'assets' and 'actors' involved in

    constructing local advantage. Second, we outline a proposal to apply this

    classification for mapping and measuring the 'supply chain' for constructing

    advantage in a particular region - Wollongong, New South Wales.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Garrett-Jones, S. (2009). Assessing and building innovation and learning capacity in local organizations. 6th Asialics International Conference (pp. 1-30). Hong Kong: Division of Social Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1921&context=commpapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/872

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  • 30

Place Of Publication


  • Hong Kong

Abstract


  • Conceptual models of regional innovation systems have prompted major government

    initiatives in Europe and North America to assess and to promote local innovation and

    learning capabilities. In Australia, by contrast, local governments and other local

    organizations concerned with economic and social development are faltering. Lacking

    is (1) a conceptual understanding of local knowledge and innovation networks; (2)

    data on local innovation actors and activities; and (3) clarity on the most effective

    ways for municipal and regional government to 'construct advantage' in a federal

    system. The paper reviews the 'macro' (e.g. innovation surveys) and 'micro' (e.g.

    case studies) approach to assessing the capability of regional innovation systems. The

    paper then reports work in progress to develop a more 'meso' approach, first to

    further develop a classification of the local 'assets' and 'actors' involved in

    constructing local advantage. Second, we outline a proposal to apply this

    classification for mapping and measuring the 'supply chain' for constructing

    advantage in a particular region - Wollongong, New South Wales.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Garrett-Jones, S. (2009). Assessing and building innovation and learning capacity in local organizations. 6th Asialics International Conference (pp. 1-30). Hong Kong: Division of Social Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1921&context=commpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/commpapers/872

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 30

Place Of Publication


  • Hong Kong