The Innovation Imperative

Contributing to Productivity, Growth and Well-Being

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Well-timed and targeted innovation boosts productivity, increases economic growth and helps solve societal problems. But how can governments encourage more people to innovate more of the time? And how can government itself be more innovative?

The OECD Innovation Strategy provides a set of principles to spur innovation in people, firms and government. It takes an in-depth look at the scope of innovation and how it is changing, as well as where and how it is occurring, based on updated research and data.

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Applying the framework for innovation

This chapter explores some of the applications of the policies for innovation. The applications differ according to the national context, but may also be affected by the sector or technology concerned, and by the specific objectives of innovation. It first discusses the national agenda for innovation, and then turns to a number of specific policy challenges, namely the role of innovation for inclusive growth, health innovation and the role of innovation in the green growth agenda. Particular attention is also paid to innovation in the public sector, which is important to improve effectiveness and efficiency within the public sector, but which can also help support innovation throughout the economy.

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