L'innovation dans la science, la technologie et l'industrie

OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: New Zealand


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Pages: 240
ISBN 978-92-64-03760-1
Published: September 2007

What are a country’s achievements in innovation, and how does this relate to economic performance?

What are the major features, strengths and weaknesses, of its innovation system? How can government foster innovation?

The OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy offer a comprehensive assessment of the innovation system of individual OECD member and non-member countries, focusing on the role of government. They provide concrete recommendations on how to improve policies which impact on innovation performance, including R&D policies. Each review identifies good practices from which other countries can learn.

In the past two decades New Zealand has undergone a far-reaching process of economic reform. A solid macro-economic framework, well-functioning markets as well as a generally favourable business environment have created the necessary conditions for strong economic growth. However, expectations concerning New Zealand’s economic development have not been fully met so far. New Zealand still lags behind in terms of GDP per capita, and growth has been mainly driven by increased labor utilisation. In this context, the New Zealand government is considering the contribution that different structural policies could make to upgrade innovation capabilities throughout the economy. This review assesses the national innovation system of New Zealand, emphasising the role of public research organisations and policies, and identifies in which respect and how it could be improved.

This review is the third in the OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy series.

Information about other OECD reports and statistics on New Zealand is available at www.oecd.org/nz 

Table of contents

Overall Assessment and Recommendations (included in English and French)
Chapter 1. Introduction
Macro-economic performance | Structural features and internation linkages | Framework conditions for innovation | Performance in science, technology and innovation in an international comparison
Chapter 2. Innovation in New Zealand: The Actors
The business sector | Public sector R&D | Interaction within the national innovation system | Innovation skills
Chapter 3. The Role of Government
Overall policy governance | Evolving high-level strategies | Public programmes and instruments to support R&D and innovation | Summary findings on overall governance and support instruments
Chapter 4. The Effectiveness of the New Zealand Innovation System
Size and geographical position | Economic structure | Technological infrastructure, R&D and innovation | The role of government and the design and governance of innovation policy | Evaluation | Commercial infrastructure | Human capital | Barriers to business growth | Services | Pormotion of high-value-added knowledge-based business

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