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Knowledge ecologies and ecosystems? An empirically grounded reflection on recent developments in innovation systems theory

Papaioannou, Theo; Wield, David and Chataway, Joanna (2009). Knowledge ecologies and ecosystems? An empirically grounded reflection on recent developments in innovation systems theory. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 27(2) pp. 319–339.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/c0832
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Abstract

Recent academic and policy debate on innovation indicates that there has been some shift from a more traditional systems approach to ecologies and ecosystems. The latter are concepts transferred from the world of biology to the social world in order to explain the evolutionary nature
of interrelations between different individuals, their innovative activities, and their environment. We evaluate the concept of knowledge ecology and the theory of innovation ecosystem on two fundamental grounds; firstly, on the grounds of theoretical plausibility and conceptual consistency; secondly, on empirical grounds of the case of public-private interrelations of biotech innovation in
Cambridge. The argument is that the concept of knowledge ecology and the theory of innovation ecosystems can lead to problems of reductionism and functionalism. This is due to their development in abstraction from more grounded analysis of historical processes of the social division of labour. Knowledge and innovation need to be looked at in the context of historically founded processes of socioeconomic development.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 Pion Ltd and its Licensors
ISSN: 0263-774X
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Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetESRC
Keywords: knowledge ecology; innovation system; public-private interrelations; biotechnology
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 15707
Depositing User: Theo Papaioannou
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2009 10:40
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2014 11:14
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/15707
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