The OECD Innovation Strategy

Getting a Head Start on Tomorrow

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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 for fostering innovation in people (workers and consumers), in firms and in 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. The result is the formulation of far-reaching policies for innovation using recent research and data.

"a thoughtful new report on how governments can do better at spurring and measuring innovation." The Economist

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Empowering People to Innovate

People are at the heart of the innovation process, and this chapter explores the roles they play. Innovation relies on a skilled labour force, not only for high-technology and research sectors but throughout the economy and society. More networked innovation processes enable broad participation in the innovation process, beyond corporate R&D laboratories to users, suppliers, workers and consumers in the public, business, academic and nonprofit sectors. Enabling people throughout the economy and society to participate in innovation will provide new ideas, knowledge and capabilities, and enhance the influence of market demand on innovation. Policies need to reflect and encourage their broader engagement.

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