The role of technology assessment in systemic innovation policy

Ruud Smits, Rutger Van Merkerk, David Guston, Daniel Sarewitz

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This book conceives of innovation as a non-linear, multi-level, and multi-actor game with many interactions or feedbacks among those actors. We assume that innovation theory, practice, and intervention develop by interactions among the worlds of science, policy, and practice (see Chapter 17 by Smits, Kuhlmann and Teubel in this book). According to this view, we can no longer see innovation as a given thing - as an invention. Instead, innovation is a systemic process involving a heterogeneous set of actors who are inspired by both the potential that science and technology offer and by the context in which they have to function. These actors are involved in a complex decisionmaking process that leads to innovative activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Theory and Practice of Innovation Policy
Subtitle of host publicationAn International Research Handbook
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781849804424
ISBN (Print)9781845428488
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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