Innovation in science, technology and industry

OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2006


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ISBN: 92-64-02848-X
Published: 4 Dec. 2006
Pages: 250

Science, technology and innovation have taken centre stage in efforts to boost economic growth and improve social well-being. OECD countries and non-members alike are introducing far-reaching reforms to strengthen investments in science, technology and innovation, and to enhance their contribution to national economies in a context of increasing globalisation.

What types of reforms have they introduced and what are the main issues they aim to address?

What emerging issues will policy makers need to address to improve future innovation capabilities?

What policies can best stimulate the creation, diffusion, and exploitation of knowledge in all sectors of an increasingly competitive, global economy?

The OECD Science, Technology and Industry (STI) Outlook 2006 aims to answer such questions by offering a comprehensive review of key trends in science, technology and innovation policy, and reviewing recent policy developments in OECD countries. In addition to examining main trends across the OECD, the report delves into specific topics that are high on the agenda of innovation policy makers, including the role of intellectual property rights and technology licensing markets in innovation performance, policies to enhance benefits of the globalisation of business R&D, human resources for science and technology, and the evaluation of innovation policy. While retaining its focus on developments in OECD countries, this edition of this biennial publication highlights key developments in a number of important non-member economies, including China, Russia and South Africa.

A statistical annex provides up-to-date statistics on R&D funding, patents, researchers and other indicators of innovative performance.

Access to the underlying Excel spreadsheets used to create the tables and graphs is available from both the printed and electronic editions via the StatLinks provided on each page.

Publication of the OECD STI Outlook alternates every year with the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard, which provides a comprehensive picture of countries' performance in science, technology and innovation, bringing together over 200 graphs.

Table of contents

Executive Summary
Chapter 1. Science, Technology and Industry: Recent Trends at a Glance
Chapter 2. National Developments in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy
Chapter 3. Human Resources in Science and Technology: Trends and Policies
Chapter 4. The Internationalisation of Research and Development
Chapter 5. Patent Licensing Markets and Innovation
Chapter 6. Evaluation of Publicly Funded Research: Recent Trends and Perspectives
Statistical Annex

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2004 edition: Information | Highlights
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2000 edition: Highlights