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Innovation Ecosystems

ISBN: 978-1-84821-325-8
October 2011, Wiley-ISTE
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With innovation fast becoming omnipresent and part of strategic matters, there is a growing need to understand how to jumpstart the innovation process. This book introduces the concept of "e-co-innovation," which fosters the successful transition from idea to reality and ultimate value. It provides a global and system overview of the subject and presents various aspects of innovation from different angles and perspectives, leading to an understanding of all ecosystem components, their metamorphoses, cross-influences and possible impacts on the balanced development of people, businesses, regions and countries.
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Foreword xi

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1. Global Landscape of Innovation 1

1.1. Innovation in the world 1

1.2. Innovation in Europe 18

1.4. The future of innovation 29

Chapter 2. A Multi-faceted Innovation 31

2.1. The pieces of the kaleidoscope 31

2.2. From invention to innovation 32

2.3. A few definitions of innovation 34

2.4. Innovation spectrum 38

2.5. Innovation paradoxes 56

Chapter 3. From Innovation to E-co-innovation 59

3.1. Awakening consciousness 59

3.2. The traditional innovation process 61

3.3. Why and when innovate? 69

3.4. Role of the customer in the innovation process 70

3.5. Integrating environmental aspects 76

3.6. E-co-innovation or innovating differently 82

3.7. Innovating in a knowledge economy 87

Chapter 4. Knowledge and Skills to E-co-innovate 89

4.1. Information or knowledge? 89

4.2. The knowledge necessary to innovate 90

4.3. Which skills are essential to e-co-innovate? 104

4.4. Measuring the organizational capacity to innovate 110

4.5. Mobilizing imagination, collective intelligence and technology 113

Chapter 5. Knowledge Management – Collective Human-Machine Intelligence 115

5.1. Amplifying intelligence 115

5.2. The role of computers in the e-co-innovation process 116

5.3. Knowledge management 128

5.4. Building knowledge flow 136

Chapter 6. Innovating Technological Innovation 143

6.1. Researchers, R&D and innovation 143

6.2. Technological innovation actors 148

6.3. Contexts and ambitions 149

6.4. Motivations, evaluations and promotion 154

6.5. What is the role of education? 163

6.6. Some initiatives to transform technological innovation in economic values 165

6.7. Financing and return on investment 172

6.8. Proposal: technological innovation in the knowledge economy 179

6.9. The future of research187

Chapter 7. Innovation for Territorial Development 189

7.1. The economic situation of regions and cities 189

7.2. Strategies and actions in favor of regional development 195

7.3. Some initiatives in favor of territorial growth by innovation 204

7.4. Removing obstacles to development 210

7.5. Development in the knowledge economy 214

7.6. Innovating for a prosperous future 219

Inventing the Future 221

Glossary 223

Bibliography 227

Index 245

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