Title: The knowledge value chain as an SME innovation policy instrument framework: an analytical exploration of SMEs public innovation support in OECD countries

Authors: Norrin Halilem; Catherine Bertrand; Jean Samuel Cloutier; Réjean Landry; Nabil Amara

Addresses: Department of Management, FSA, University Laval, Québec, QC, G1K 7P4, Canada. ' Department of Management, FSA, University Laval, Québec, QC, G1K 7P4, Canada. ' Department of Management, FSA, University Laval, Québec, QC, G1K 7P4, Canada. ' Department of Management, FSA, University Laval, Québec, QC, G1K 7P4, Canada. ' Department of Management, FSA, University Laval, Québec, QC, G1K 7P4, Canada

Abstract: Innovation policy instruments in OECD countries are developed from different streams of policies related to the suppliers and the users of knowledge. They are also integrated into different levels of implementation (supranational, national, regional and local). Such complexity leads policy actors and stakeholders to experience a lack of coordination in their innovation efforts. This paper, based on a broad cross-country analysis of 844 innovation policy instruments implemented in 27 OECD countries, aims to contribute to the advancement of knowledge on this issue by: 1) validating a conceptual framework as a tool of policy instrument coordination; 2) conducting an innovation policy instrument framework based both on the conceptual framework and a on diversity of instruments. The innovation policy instrument framework has been devised to be used as a roadmap to link innovation policy instruments and innovation functions.

Keywords: innovation policy instruments; innovation policy framework; knowledge value chain; SME policy support; OECD countries; technology management; SMEs; small and medium-sized enterprises.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2012.046617

International Journal of Technology Management, 2012 Vol.58 No.3/4, pp.236 - 260

Published online: 12 Apr 2013 *

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