1st Edition

Globalization, New and Emerging Technologies, and Sustainable Development
The Danish Innovation System in Transition

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ISBN 9780367480479
May 2, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
336 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the capacity of the Danish innovation system to respond to key societal challenges including the green imperative of achieving growth with environmental sustainability and the need to adapt to new and possibly disruptive changes in technology, often referred to as the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The book is divided into four main sections. The first describes the evolving characteristics of the Danish system of research and innovation with special attention to the role of policy at the national and regional levels. The second section focuses on interorganizational relations, including the position of Danish firms in national and global value chains. The third section examines changes in labour markets and in the educational and training system, and it considers the impact of new technologies including robotics and artificial intelligence on employment and skills. The fourth section turns to issues of climate change and environmental sustainability including an assessment of the Danish economy’s success in meeting the challenges of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The book will be of particular interest to small countries, of which the Danish innovation system is representative, but it also appeals more broadly to an audience interested in innovation systems and policies to support economic development.

Table of Contents

Introduction- Globalization, New and Emerging Technologies, and Sustainable Development – The Danish Innovation System in Transition

Jesper L. Christensen, Birgitte Gregersen, Jacob R. Holm, Edward Lorenz

Part I: The Systems Approach and Policy Agenda

Chapter 1- The Emergence of Innovation Policy as a Field: The International Context and the Danish Experience

Jesper L. Christensen and Jan Fagerberg

Chapter 2- The performance, challenges, and related policies of the Danish research- and innovation system

Jesper L. Christensen and Mette Præst Knudsen

Chapter 3- Entrepreneurship, Experimentation and Innovation: Future Policy for Innovative and Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurs in Denmark

Kristian Nielsen, Jesper L. Christensen, Michael S. Dahl, and Bram Timmermans

Chapter 4- The Danish Regional Innovation System in Transition

Ina Drejer and Jesper L. Christensen

Part II: Value Chains, Innovation and Inter-Organisational Relations

Chapter 5- Supplier Firms in Transition – The Case of Denmark

Poul Houmann Andersen, Christian R. Østergaard and Ina Drejer

Chapter 6- Collaborative business models in innovation systems – the case of physical infrastructures

Louise B. Kringelum, Yariv Taran and Allan N. Gjerding

Chapter 7- Collaboration as a Cornerstone in Public Sector Innovation – The Case of Denmark

Jørgen Stamhus & René Nesgaard Nielsen


Part III: Technology, Employee Learning and the Labor Market

Chapter 8- The Impact of Robots and AI/ML on Skills and Work Organization

Jacob R. Holm, Edward Lorenz, and Jørgen Stamhus

Chapter 9- Work Organisation, Innovation and the Quality of Working Life in Denmark

Edward Lorenz and Jacob R. Holm

Chapter 10- Work Policy and Automation in the 4th Industrial Revolution

Peter Nielsen, Jacob R. Holm and Edward Lorenz

Chapter 11- Firm Innovation and Tertiary Continuing Education

Jesper Eriksen and Jacob R. Holm

Part IV: Green Transition and Sustainability

Chapter 12- Firms’ Contribution to the Green Transition of the Danish National System of Innovation – Changes in Technological Specialisation, Skills and Innovation

Christian R. Østergaard, Jacob R. Holm and Eunkyung Park

Chapter 13- The measurement and performance of the Danish Innovation System in relation to Sustainable Development

Birgitte Gregersen and Björn Johnson

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Jesper Lindgaard Christensen is an associate professor within Industrial Dynamics at Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark. His research focuses on SME development and entrepreneurial finance, economic geography, innovation systems, the dynamics of specific industries, entrepreneurship, and innovation policy.

Birgitte Gregersen is a senior associate professor in economics at Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark. She has researched and published within the field of technical change and employment, IT in the public sector, public technology procurement, studies of national systems of innovation, university-industry linkages, innovation policy, and sustainable development. Her current research is centred around systems of innovation with a special focus on policy learning, institutions and learning capabilities in a sustainable development perspective.

Jacob Rubæk Holm is associate professor in industrial dynamics and quantitative methods at the Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University, Denmark. His research focuses on regional, industrial and structural change over time, ranging from studies of specific industries or specific regions, to theoretical and methodological contributions with an evolutionary angle.

Edward Lorenz is professor of economics at the University of Côte d’Azur, France and Adjunct Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. His research focuses on the internationally comparative analysis of business organization, employment relations and innovation systems.