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Digital Innovation

Seizing Policy Opportunities

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This report discusses how the digital transformation – digital technologies, data and software, AI-based analytics and other advances – is changing innovation processes and outcomes. It highlights the general trends across the economy and factors behind sector-specific dynamics, including increasing use of data as a key input for innovation, the expanding possibilities for experimentation offered by virtual simulation, 3D printing and other digital technologies, and the growing focus on services innovation enabled by digital technologies.

In view of such changes, this report evaluates how innovation policies should adapt to foster innovation and inclusive development in the digital age, and identifies priority areas for policy action. It also explores novel innovation policy approaches implemented by countries to foster digital technology adoption and collaborative innovation.

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Main findings and recommendations

Most innovations today are new products, processes or business models at least partly enabled by digital technologies or embodied in data and software. Innovation processes themselves are changing in an era of digital transformation, with the use of AI-based analytics that allow for large-scale experiments in research and new virtual simulation and prototyping techniques for developing new products.

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