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Human resources, mobility and the systems approach to innovation


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Smith, KH (2001) Human resources, mobility and the systems approach to innovation. In: Innovative People: Mobility of Skilled Personnel in National Innovation Systems. Science and Innovation (15). Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France, pp. 7-13. ISBN 9264195416

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The papers collected in this volume are part of the OECD National Innovation Systems project, which seeks to explore the possibilities for the quantification of systems approaches to innovation. Systems approaches see innovation as a complex collective phenomenon, characterised by interactions between economic agents in the shaping context of infrastructures and institutions. One persistent area
of interest in systems approaches has been the institutions and organisations responsible for education at all levels: it has been strongly argued that the interactions between these institutions and industry, in both their educational and knowledge creation functions, have been fundamental in shaping innovation capabilities and economic performance (see David and Foray, 1995, for an influential statement). The chapters in this volume certainly do not treat all of the research and educational issues that are of interest within the systems approach, although they are focused on a key building block for any system-based or economy-wide attempt to analyse education, skills and attainments. This building block is the indicator and analysis issues that arise in seeking to map the structure of human resources,
and the mobility of capabilities via labour markets and other forms of personnel exchange.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: innovation; human resources; policy; knowledge; labour mobility
Publisher: Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development
Page Range: pp. 7-13
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Smith, Keith, Human resources, mobility and the systems approach to innovation from "Innovative People: Mobility of Skilled Personnel in National Innovation Systems", Copyright OECD 2001

Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:18
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