National systems of innovation: in search of a workable concept

Jorge Niosi, Paolo Saviotti, Bertrand Bellon, Michael Crow

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The notion of National Systems of Innovation is becoming widely used in the analysis of technology policy and economics of technical change, as more authors are able to appreciate the international differences between technological systems. However, the definition of the concept, its theoretical underpinnings, and precise measurement are still lacking. This article intends to fill the gap by proposing a semantic content, a theoretical basis, and some methodological dimensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-227
Number of pages21
JournalTechnology in Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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