Title: National system of innovation and technological learning: an integrated framework for understanding technological capability development in the Russian forestry sector

Authors: Ekaterina Thomas, Kirit Vaidya

Addresses: Economics and Strategy Group, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK. ' Economics and Strategy Group, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

Abstract: One of the issues in the innovation system literature is examination of technological learning strategies of laggard nations. Two distinct bodies of literature have contributed to our insight into forces driving learning and innovation, National Systems of Innovation (NSI) and technological learning literature. Although both literatures yield insights on catch-up strategies of |latecomer| nations, the explanatory powers of each literature by itself is limited. In this paper, a possible way of linking the macro- and the micro-level approaches by incorporating enterprises as active learning entities into the learning and innovation system is proposed. The proposed model has been used to develop research hypotheses and indicate research directions and is relevant for investigating the learning strategies of firms in less technologically intensive industries outside East Asia.

Keywords: national systems of innovation; NSI; technological capability; technological learning; catch-up; timber sector; Russia; forestry industry; learning strategies; organisational learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTLID.2009.026819

International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 2009 Vol.2 No.4, pp.294 - 313

Available online: 26 Jun 2009 *

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