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ERIC Number: ED546574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 197
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2675-9250-7
National Innovation Policy in Emerging Economies: A Multiple Case Study
Barrett-Blake, Andrea
ProQuest LLC, D.Mgt. Dissertation, University of Maryland University College
Economic development through technological advancement is a phenomenon that for many decades brought economic prosperity, increased wealth, and (by extension) social change to citizens of the world. However, economists and development specialists have consistently challenged the inequitable distribution of this wealth between the countries of the global north and those of the global south, resulting in a gap between the two regions. Although some progress was made in closing the gap through the pervasiveness and ubiquitous nature of innovative technologies, various research groups have challenged the prowess of innovative technologies as change agents in the global south. The changes brought on by innovative technologies are not always positive. Different interest groups, tracking the disparities among intended beneficiaries and the long-term impact on southern economies, have documented various outcomes. Correcting and overcoming these disparities remains a challenge to development specialists, economists, and policy makers alike. This research study investigated the relationship between economic growth and innovation through the application of the case study methodology. The analysis reviewed several factors relating to innovation, economic growth, and systems supporting innovation for six country cases: Singapore, Taiwan, India, Ireland, Jamaica, and Barbados. Included in the analysis are examinations of (a) the innovation capacity for each country and (b) the role of innovation in attaining positive economic growth and citizens' prosperity. From the analysis, the researcher determined the primary factors required in composing systems to support an innovation agenda that would lead to an appropriate innovation policy. The researcher identified the importance of "knowledge stock" accumulation, "human capital," transfer, and diffusion of innovative technologies as possible responses to countries attaining sustainable economic growth and prosperity. The conclusion that emerged, informed the researcher that the formation of a formidable innovation capacity to sustain an innovation-centric nation for the countries of Taiwan, Singapore, and Ireland were effective through the diligent approach to building innovation capacity by stakeholders who are interested in the social and economic development of respective nation. Taiwan, Singapore, and Ireland validated the belief that the design of appropriate policies and systems--"national systems of innovation" design to simulate innovation--are direct responses to solving "developing countries" socioeconomic challenges. The intended outcome of this research is to inform a model for adaptation in developing Caribbean countries as a strategy in transforming their economies to sustainable economic growth through innovation. By extension, economies of the developing world are capable of enjoying economic wealth and prosperity through investments in factors that are significant to building a context that is dependent innovation capacity. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Barbados; India; Ireland; Jamaica; Singapore; Taiwan