METEOR/UNU-MERIT Joint Seminar
The field of innovation studies is approximately a half-century old. The occasion has been marked by several studies looking back to identify the main contributions and advances that have been made (see the Special Issue of Research Policy, Vol.41, Issue 7, September 2012). But is it possible to look forward and identify what are likely to be the principal challenges confronting the field over coming decades?
To peer into the future to identify challenges requires a robust viewing platform. Given the strong element of continuity and path-dependence involved, the foundations for this are probably best constructed from the major achievements of previous decades.
Starting from a list of major advances over the field’s history, this seminar proposes a number of challenges for coming decades. Some are couched in similar terms to the advances or major shifts identified over previous decades, while others represent more general challenges for the field of IS and its practitioners. These challenges and the underlying arguments have been deliberately couched in a blunt and sometimes critical manner; the intention is to prompt a debate within the innovation studies community on what are, or should be, the key challenges for us, and on what sort of field we aspire to be.
Ben Martin is Professor of Science and Technology Policy Studies at SPRU, where he served as Director from 1997 to 2004. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Business Research, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has carried out research for over 30 years in the field of science policy.
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