Int. J. of Technology Intelligence and Planning   »   2010 Vol.6, No.3



Title: Modelling the National System of Innovation (NSI)


Author: Rias J. Van Wyk


Address: Technoscan® Centre, P.O. Box 390516, Edina, MN 55439, USA


Abstract: The international community of scholars faces an unfinished task – how to derive maximal benefit from technology-based innovation. This is a difficult process to optimise, and we are doing a mediocre job. When we contrast the Ali Baba's cave of untapped technological potential, to the long list of unmet needs – economic, social and environmental – we realise that we do not yet have the 'Open sesame'. We do not have an adequate model of the National System of Innovation (NSI), in spite of a promising start 50 years ago. A new field of knowledge, Strategic Technology Analysis (STA), offers a way forward.


Keywords: NSI; national systems of innovation; technology planning; STA; strategic technology analysis; functionality grid; functional performance metrics; technological knowledge; formal structure; S&T policy; technology management; technology-based innovation.


DOI: 10.1504/IJTIP.2010.035779


Int. J. of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 2010 Vol.6, No.3, pp.268 - 287


Available online: 03 Oct 2010



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