- 24 Oktober 2019
Invited Talk by Prof. Dr. Jakob Edler: From enabling to delivering: Understanding the implications of mission oriented innovation policy
24 Oktober 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
For many years the primary objective of innovation policy was to promote the innovativeness of the various actors within the respective innovation system. This type of supply-driven innovation policy was especially in Germany highly diffusion-oriented since policy aimed towards broad, distributed innovation capacities and their connectivity rather than specific thematic foci.
The rationales and approaches of innovation policy have been shifting with the increasing importance of grand societal challenges as “leitbilder” for science policy and increasingly also for innovation policy. In this context, the state has taken over more responsibility for satisfying societal needs and tackling grand societal challenges. In practice this has at least two implications.
First, innovation policy cannot be limited to developing innovation. It rather needs to respond to the increasing interest to apply innovation for economy and society. Second, scarce resources need to be focused on those technologies, sectors and innovation processes which dominantly contribute to solve the identified challenges. For that purpose, the various state and non-state initiatives need to be orchestrated.
The presentation will introduce conceptual considerations as regards problem-oriented directionality of innovation policy – often labelled as “mission orientation”- and invite for a critical discussion about opportunities, conditions and limitations of state actions.