Your browser has javascript turned off or blocked. This will lead to some parts of our website to not work properly or at all. Turn on javascript for best performance.

The browser you are using is not supported by this website. All versions of Internet Explorer are no longer supported, either by us or Microsoft (read more here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/windows/end-of-ie-support).

Please use a modern browser to fully experience our website, such as the newest versions of Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari etc.

Default user image.

Markus Grillitsch

Senior Lecturer

Default user image.

Innovation policy for system-wide transformation : The case of strategic innovation programmes (SIPs) in Sweden

Author

  • Markus Grillitsch
  • Teis Hansen
  • Lars Coenen
  • Johan Miörner
  • Jerker Moodysson

Summary, in English

The orientation towards grand societal challenges can be seen as a new wave or paradigm for innovation policy. Such policy aims at system-wide transformation and is often referred to as system innovation policy. While insights from transition studies have provided novel and useful rationales for innovation policy targeting system-wide transformation, it remains unclear how to design, implement and evaluate such policies. The contribution of this paper is to translate and concretize the challenges of system innovation policy towards scope for policy action and analysis. Building on insights from transition studies we group the challenges into four domains: directionality, experimentation, demand articulation, and policy coordination and learning. We relate challenges within the four domains to three generic features of innovation systems: interests and capabilities of actors, networks, and institutions. The derived framework is applied in a case study on the strategic innovation programmes, a recent policy initiative by Vinnova, Sweden's Innovation Agency, targeting system innovation.

Department/s

  • Department of Human Geography
  • CIRCLE

Publishing year

2019

Language

English

Pages

1048-1061

Publication/Series

Research Policy

Volume

48

Issue

4

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Elsevier

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Economic Geography

Keywords

  • Innovation policy
  • Innovation systems
  • Structural change
  • System innovation
  • Transformation challenges
  • Transitions

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0048-7333