Title: Mapping national innovation systems in the OECD area

Authors: Markus Balzat, Andreas Pyka

Addresses: Chair of Economics V, Department of Economics, University of Augsburg, Germany. ' Chair of Economics V, Department of Economics, University of Augsburg, Germany

Abstract: This paper focuses on the structure and organisation of innovative activities in selected OECD countries. Using the approach of national innovation systems as a conceptual framework and applying multivariate data analysis, this paper aims to add new insights into the specific structures of eighteen national innovation systems. A central result from this comparative study is a categorisation of these systems into different clusters, representing distinctive international similarities and dissimilarities. By accounting for sectoral specifics, the commonly taken perspective on national innovation systems is extended and a more precise picture of the structural composition of the analysed national innovation systems accrues.

Keywords: national innovation systems; comparative study; classification; OECD; clusters.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTG.2006.009132

International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, 2006 Vol.2 No.1/2, pp.158 - 176

Available online: 03 Mar 2006 *

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