Digital Innovation

Seizing Policy Opportunities

This report discusses how the digital transformation – digital technologies, data and software, AI-based analytics and other advances – is changing innovation processes and outcomes. It highlights the general trends across the economy and factors behind sector-specific dynamics, including increasing use of data as a key input for innovation, the expanding possibilities for experimentation offered by virtual simulation, 3D printing and other digital technologies, and the growing focus on services innovation enabled by digital technologies. In view of such changes, this report evaluates how innovation policies should adapt to foster innovation and inclusive development in the digital age, and identifies priority areas for policy action. It also explores novel innovation policy approaches implemented by countries to foster digital technology adoption and collaborative innovation.

Published on April 10, 2019


Reader’s guide
Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Main findings and recommendations
Characterising innovation in the digital age
Impacts of the digital transformation on innovation across sectors
How should innovation policies be adapted to the digital age?
Policies to stimulate digital innovation’s diffusion and collaboration
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