Building systems of innovation in less developed countries: The role of intermediate organizations

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dc.contributor.author Szogs, Astrid
dc.contributor.author Cummings, Andrew
dc.contributor.author Chaminade, Cristina
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-20T17:47:22Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-20T17:47:22Z
dc.date.issued 2009-10-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/36627
dc.description Parallel session 6. Innovation policy tools
dc.description Presented at GLOBELICS 2009, 7th International Conference, 6-8 October, Dakar, Senegal. en_US
dc.description.abstract The aim of this paper is to discuss the role of intermediate organizations in supporting different forms of interactive learning and capability building in small scale business initiatives in emerging innovation systems in developing countries, using data from Tanzania and El Salvador. It is argued that different types of intermediate organizations have played key roles in linking marginalized economic actors, to sources of knowledge and other resources that are essential for capability upgrading and innovation in both traditional and more differentiated economic activities. They thus play an important role in linking innovative activity, to maintaining and upgrading the quality of existing jobs in crisis, generating new ones where opportunities arise, providing income crucial for family wellbeing in countries characterized by low levels of human development and high levels of inequality.The paper is structured as follows. After the introduction the concepts of systems of innovation, interactive learning and intermediaries in less developed countries are reviewed. This is followed by a presentation of the data and methodology, which is then analyzed in the following section. The paper ends with some conclusions on the role of intermediate organisations in linking actors, enabling technology and knowledge diffusion and building innovation systems in less developed countries. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries GLOBELICS09. Session 6 en_US
dc.subject Technological development en_US
dc.subject Developing countries en_US
dc.subject Intermediate organizations en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.subject Central America en_US
dc.subject MNEs en_US
dc.subject Multinational enterprises en_US
dc.subject Small and medium enterprises en_US
dc.subject SMEs en_US
dc.subject Innovation systems en_US
dc.title Building systems of innovation in less developed countries: The role of intermediate organizations en_US
dc.type Proceedings en_US
dc.contributor.corporatename Lunds universitet. Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy
dc.contributor.corporatename Fundación Nacional para el Desarrollo (El Salvador)


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