Small firms are playing an ever-increasing role in innovation, driven by changes in technologies and markets. Some spin-offs and high growth firms are having remarkable success. However, the broad bulk of small firms are not capitalising on their advantages. This book explores how government policy can boost innovation by improving the environment for entrepreneurship and small firm development and increasing the innovative capacities of enterprises. Policy findings and recommendations are presented in three key areas: embedding firms in knowledge flows; developing entrepreneurship skills; and social entrepreneurship. In addition, country notes present statistics and policy data on SMEs, entrepreneurship and innovation for 40 economies, including OECD countries, Brazil, China, Estonia, Indonesia, Israel, the Russian Federation, Slovenia and South Africa.
SMEs, Entrepreneurship and Innovation is part of the OECD Innovation Strategy, a comprehensive policy strategy to harness innovation for stronger and more sustainable growth and development, and to address the key global challenges of the 21st century. For more information about the OECD Innovation Strategy, see www.oecd.org/innovation/strategy.
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This report presents the results of a fact finding survey on how governments seek to establish the identity of foreign investors, with a particular focus on transsectoral, security-related investment reviews. It was prepared for the OECD Freedom of Investment Roundtable to facilitate discussion of the issues by Roundtable participants.
This working paper provides an overview of recent developments in investment treaty practice with regard to the protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs).
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Cross-border investment in agricultural production and farmland is not a new phenomenon, but it is growing in importance. This report reviews international initiatives for promoting responsible investment in agriculture and explores what contribution, if any, OECD investment instruments could make to these initiatives. This paper was commissioned for the OECD Freedom of Investment Roundtable to facilitate discussion of the issues by
This report examines the relationship between SMEs' management of intellectual assets, innovation and competitiveness.
This publication examines how governments can boost innovation by improving environments for enterprise creation and innovation in SMEs and strengthening the capabilities of entrepreneurs and SMEs.
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Les 42 gouvernements adhérents aux Principes directeurs à l’intention des entreprises multinationales ont adopté le mandat pour une mise à jour de ces Principes. La mise à jour vise de faire en sorte que ces principes conservent leur rôle d’instrument international essentiel pour promouvoir un comportement responsable des entreprises.
The 2009 edition of the OECD Structural and Demographic Business Statistics has just been released. It provides information at a very detailed sectoral level including: turnover, value-added, production, operating surplus, employment, labour costs and investment to name but a few.
Cet Examen des politiques de l’investissement analyse les résultats accomplis par le Maroc dans la mise en place d’un régime d’investissement plus ouvert et transparent ainsi que ses efforts pour réduire les restrictions aux investissements étrangers.
Governments in the Middle East and North Africa increasingly recognise that gender equality - encouraging the talents, skills, education and productivity of all their citizens, including women - will make their countries stronger.