Systems of Innovation: Growth, Competitiveness and Employment

From Edward Elgar: This comprehensive two volume collection is designed to introduce the reader to the systems of innovation literature. This is the first time that one major reference collection brings together some of the best known and most provocative literature from a variety of different perspectives, such as national, sectoral and regional systems of innovation. Classics such as the seminal papers by Schumpeter and List as well as modern authors are included, and the collection focuses on issues of economic growth, competitiveness and employment.

Systems of Innovation will be essential reading for researchers and practitioners and will be an invaluable source of reference for use in innovation courses at university level.

Publication Information

Edquist, C., and McKelvey, M. (Eds.). (2000). Systems of Innovation: Growth, Competitiveness and Employment. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 1086 pp.

ISBN: 1858985730


These two big volumes achieve to demonstrate that there is a strong interest in using a system approach in order to study the mechanisms of innovation, of building capabilities and of economic growth. It also show that the domain is still in construction and needs more development to achieve a methodological coherence.

─ Ludo Dibiaggio (2000)

‘The literature on “systems of innovation” has expanded enormously over the last decade. Policymakers clearly have found the concept useful in guiding their thinking about policy in a number of different arenas, and scholars have found the framework useful in guiding empirical and theoretical research. Edquist and McKelvey have done a thoughtful and creative job of sorting through the now vast body of writing, and selecting a collection of articles and book chapters that depict the field, where it came from, and where it is going. These volumes serve both as a wonderful introduction to the topic, and as a much needed reference collection of the more important papers that have been written regarding innovation systems.’

– Richard R. Nelson, Columbia University, US

‘The growing recognition that technological change is an integral part of social and economic development and that all these processes reciprocally affect each other has found expression in the concept of “systems of innovation”. The literature on this subject has flourished in the last decade and this book forms an ideal introduction to the subject by presenting some of the key texts, which have been carefully chosen and edited by two of the most competent people in the field, who are themselves outstanding contributors.’

– Christopher Freeman, SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, UK and Maastricht University, The Netherlands

‘. . . these two big volumes achieve to demonstrate that there is a strong interest in using a system approach in order to study the mechanisms of innovation, of building capabilities and of economic growth.’

– Ludo Dibiaggio, Technovation

‘This is a well-chosen selection of important references comprising academic work on different kinds of systems of innovation, competitiveness and employment, as well as issues related to government policies and firms’ strategies. The editors’ introduction gives comprehensive guidance to the papers.’

– Aslib Book Guide

‘These two books make a formidable reference collection.’

– Y.S.R. Ajan, Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research

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