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Global systems of innovation: introductory notes on a new layer and a new hierarchy in innovation systems

Jorge Britto, Leonardo Ribeiro and Eduardo Albuquerque ()
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Jorge Britto: Universidade Federal Fluminense
Leonardo Ribeiro: Cedeplar/UFMG

No 628, Textos para Discussão Cedeplar-UFMG from Cedeplar, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Abstract: This paper revisits the pioneers of innovation systems in the 1980s to evaluate their perception of international forces tensioning national boundaries of those systems. The development of multinational enterprises and consequent changes in their operation beyond national borders is discussed, looking at the formation of a network of international knowledge flows. Those changes are connected to the internationalization of science and consequent formation of another network of international knowledge flows. Both networks, one firm-led and the other university-led, are pushed by the revolutions in information and communication technologies. The combination, overlapping and intertwinement of those two networks of international knowledge flows constitute a new layer in innovation systems - an emergent global innovation system. This new layer rearranges the roles of regional, sectoral and national innovation systems.

Keywords: innovation systems; international knowledge flows; layers of innovation systems (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24 pages
Date: 2021-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-geo, nep-ict, nep-ino, nep-int, nep-knm and nep-sbm
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