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Innovation is often understood exclusively in terms of the economy, but it is definitely a result of human labour and ingenuity, and of the relationships among individuals and social groups. Some societies and governmental structures are clearly more successful than others: they act in divergent ways, fostering innovation and employment, and they utilize varied opportunities from different fields of research, from new products and from their educational systems.
Thus, innovation varies fundamentally between countries, and public policies – in matters such as energy technology, environmental technologies, facing climate change, and advancing conditions of life – can be determined according to different societies’ needs.
This volume brings together a range of world experts to compare countries and continents and help develop a fuller picture of innovations and their social basis. It will be of interest to researchers in regional studies and economics, as well as labour unions, practitioners, and policy makers.
Introduction: Socio-Economic Development, Technology and Government Policies: Diversities of Innovation (Ulrich Hilpert) Part One; General Perspectives on Divergent Innovation 1. Changing Innovative Opportunities during the Life Cycle of Technologies (Walter Scherrer) 2. Geopolitics of Research and Innovation (Alain-Marc Rieu) Part Two: Labour and Innovation 3. Skilled Labour and Continuing Education (Michael Vassialidis) 4. Innovative Societies and Contributions to Socio-Economic Development (Connie McNeely) 5. Skilled Blue Collar Labour and Innovation by Manufacturing (Paul Baker) Part Three: Divergent Strategies and Problems of New Technological Powers in a Changing Global Situation 6. Emergence of New Spaces of Innovation within the Bottom of the Pyramid in India (Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, Thorsten Schunder and Evangelos Bourelos) 7. New Players in Global Innovation (Sunyang Chung) 8. Divergent Participation in Global Innovative Networks (Xiangdong Chen) Part Four: Science-Based and Technology-Based Opportunities 9. New Manufacturing Trends in Developed Regions (Alberto Bramanti) 10. Traditions, Structures and Cultures (Desmond Hickie and Ulrich Hilpert) 11. Divergent Metropolitan Concentration of Innovative Development (Ulrich Hilpert) 12. Phoenix Industries and Open Innovation? (David Bailey)
In today’s globalised, knowledge-driven and networked world, regions and cities have assumed heightened significance as the interconnected nodes of economic, social and cultural production, and as sites of new modes of economic governance and policy experimentation. This book series brings together incisive and critically engaged international and interdisciplinary research on this resurgence of regions and cities, and should be of interest to geographers, economists, sociologists, political scientists and cultural scholars, as well as to policy-makers involved in regional and urban development.
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