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Structural innovations: towards a unified perspective?

Howells, Jeremy and Edler, Jakob (2011) Structural innovations: towards a unified perspective? Science and Public Policy, 38, (2), pp. 157-167. (doi:10.3152/030234211X12924093660598).

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This article argues that the intervention to generate structural innovations and with it the structural interaction between organisation actors can be understood as attempts to tackle system failures in innovation systems, mainly as regards networking and actor capabilities. However, these interventions are challenging, they often rest on simplistic assumptions on interaction and networking needs and potentially generate dysfunctional systemic effects. These challenges are discussed using illustrations of structural innovations to improve industry-academic collaborations in the UK and Germany. The article then concludes with a conceptual and policy discussion of opportunities, challenges and unintended consequences of deliberate structural innovation and intervention in structural interaction.

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Published date: 1 March 2011
Organisations: Southampton Business School


Local EPrints ID: 197095
ISSN: 0302-3427
PURE UUID: 7ba4bfd3-9ac3-433f-8330-fdabac903f68

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Date deposited: 19 Sep 2011 08:40
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:21

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Author: Jeremy Howells
Author: Jakob Edler

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