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Innovation as a Collective Action Challenge

Sujai Shivakumar

A chapter in The Austrian and Bloomington Schools of Political Economy, 2017, vol. 22, pp 173-187 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract Innovation – the process of transforming research ideas into marketable products and services – requires the collaboration of multiple actors across a variety of interactive situations. Increasingly, innovation is recognized as an important driver of economic growth and human development. Understanding the contexts within which these actors – including researchers, university administrators, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, private corporations, and public officials – solve recurrent and often complex problems of collective action is therefore of interest to analysts and policymakers. This task begins with the broader theoretical understanding, emphasized by Austrian economists, of the economy as an intricate, interactive, and interconnected system. In complement, the applications to practical policy analysis, developed by Vincent Ostrom and Elinor Ostrom and their colleagues at the Bloomington School, emphasize the role of crafting rules and designing policies to solve recurrent problems of collective action.

Keywords: Innovation; public–private partnerships; collective action; innovation ecosystem; Elinor Ostrom (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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