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Science and Innovation Dynamics and Policy in Scotland: the perceived impact of enhanced autonomy

Mastroeni, Michele; Omidvar, Omid; Rosiello, Alessandro; Tait, Joyce and Wield, David (2017). Science and Innovation Dynamics and Policy in Scotland: the perceived impact of enhanced autonomy. International Journal of Technology Management and Sustainable Development, 16(1) pp. 3–24.

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The Scottish referendum of 2014 encouraged massive public debate, including on Scotland’s scientific performance and ability to harness innovation and increase global competitiveness. The science base in Scotland has traditionally been strong but has not translated well into innovation. This paper uses statistical data, over 30 interviews and two workshops with business and policy leaders, to analyse key scientific and industrial innovation dynamics, using a regional innovation systems approach. It investigates the perceived impact of increased autonomy on the dynamics of the Scottish innovation system. The paper shows the weak relationship between science and innovation and evidences the static nature of Scottish innovation policy geared to bridging a gap rather than improving the dynamics of the various elements in the innovation system. It suggests that an approach which aims to spur evolution in specific elements of the territorial governance system would strengthen Scottish innovation capabilities.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 2040-0551
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Innogen Centre ExtensionES/F028180/1ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: science; innovation dynamics; increased autonomy; Scotland
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 49269
Depositing User: David Wield
Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 14:52
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 06:06
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