This book develops and articulates a new perspective on the relationship between natural resources and development by foregrounding issues of innovation, knowledge, and industrial dynamics.
Despite growing academic attention to the relationship between economic development and natural resources in social sciences, the issue has received rather limited attention in the field of Innovation Studies. This is problematic given the centrality of innovation and technological change for growth and development. Against that background, this book makes three contributions. Firstly, it summarizes and synthesizes existing insights about learning and innovation in Natural Resource Based Industries. Secondly, it develops new insights based on original research work. Thirdly, it distils and explains the remaining research challenges in the field.
Containing important insights for researchers, businesses, and policymakers, this book will be useful to all those with an interest in navigating a natural resource based development pathway. This book was originally published as a special issue of Innovation and Development.
Table of Contents
Introduction – Innovation in natural resource-based industries: a pathway to development?
Allan Dahl Andersen, Anabel Marìn and Erlend O. Simensen
1. Sources and contexts of inter-industry differences in technological opportunities: the cases of Argentina and Brazil
Anabel Marìn and Sergio Petralia
2. ‘Discovery’ of non-traditional agricultural exports in Latin America: diverging pathways through learning and innovation
Michiko Iizuka and Mulu Gebreeyesus
3. Innovation, natural resource-based activities and growth in emerging economies: the formation and role of knowledge-intensive service firms
Gustavo Crespi, Jorge Katz and Jocelyn Olivari
4. Capability creation in the natural resource-based sector: experiences from Swedish mining
Cali Nuur, Linda Gustavsson and Staffan Laestadius
5. Innovation and natural resource-based development: case of natural rubber sector in Kerala, India
K. J. Joseph, Namrata Thapa and Olav Wicken
6. The mining sectors in Chile and Norway, ca. 1870–1940: the development of a knowledge gap
7. Environmental aspects of natural resource intensive development: the case of agriculture
Björn Johnson and Gert Villumsen
Allan Dahl Andersen is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Technology, Innovation, and Culture at Oslo University, Norway. Starting from the innovation system tradition, he is interested in the interplay between organizational, institutional, and technological innovation in processes of structural change. He applies these perspectives in particular to the areas of sustainability transitions and natural resource based industries.
Anabel Marín is Senior Researcher on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) in Argentina. She is the director of the Research Center for Transformation and the Director of Bioleft. She is interested in the use of multidisciplinary approaches to address problems of economic sustainable and inclusive development. Her most recent projects are on the development of production and innovation capabilities and on transitions towards industries related to natural resources.