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Global Knowledge Flows and Economic Development

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Global knowledge flows are becoming a key driver of economic development.  How can countries develop effective policies to reap benefits? This report aims to answer this question and highlights these key areas: promoting cross-border alliances involving firms and universities; simulating knowledge transfers from foreign direct investment ventures; attracting highly-skilled workers from overseas and creating vibrant innovation systems.  This book, published in collaboration with Scottish Enterprise, is for policy makers, practitioners and academics.

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SME Innovation Policy and the Formation

This chapter highlights the importance of building innovation systems to promote the involvement of SMEs in cross-border knowledge flows. Five main types of SME innovation policy tool are outlined: financial support for innovation projects and innovative new firms, technology centres, upgrading of regional innovation systems, innovation brokers and mobility schemes. Their relative importance in different contexts is discussed.

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