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.



Policies to stimulate digital innovation’s diffusion and collaboration

This chapter gives an overview of novelpolicy approaches recently implemented in different OECD countries to support digital technology adoption across the economy, including demonstration facilities for SMEs, test beds and regulatory sandboxes. It also discusses innovation policies aimed at encouraging collaborative innovation in the digital age, such as the creation of platforms for strategic planning, collaboration research and innovation centres, crowdsourcing initiatives and living labs. The chapter also presents traditional instruments used to support technology adoption (e.g. awareness-raising schemes, technical support) and collaborative innovation (e.g. cluster policies, the creation of networks) that are being revisited by countries to address the challenges of the digital age.


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