Science, technology and innovation policy

OECD Science, Technology and Industry (STI) Outlook 2004


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Science and technology contribute to innovation and industrial performance as never before. As the recent economic slowdown gives way to prospects of stronger economic growth across the OECD and competition from outside the OECD increases, renewed attention is being directed to ways of tapping into science, technology and innovation to achieve economic and societal objectives. What steps are countries taking to strengthen their capabilities in science, technology and innovation? How can governments best collaborate with business to create, diffuse, and exploit their intellectual assets in all sectors of an increasingly competitive, global economy?

The OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2004, to be released in December, provides a comprehensive review of key changes and important trends in science, technology and innovation policy in OECD countries and the factors driving them. Delving into themes at the centre of ongoing policy development, the present issue of this biennial publication, the fifth in the series of STI Outlooks, examines the role of public/private partnerships in stimulating innovation, determinants of service sector innovation, global challenges related to the supply of human resources for science and technology, and the contributions of multinational enterprises to productivity growth and innovation. A statistical annex provides up-to-date statistics on R&D funding, patents, researchers and other indicators of innovative performance.

The table of contents of the 2004 STI Outlook is available here.

A highlights brochure summarizing the main findings of this edition is available for download in highlights brochure and French. Translations of the highlights are available in the following languages:
ChineseCzechDanishDutchFinnishGerman, Greek,
HungarianJapanese, KoreanNorwegianPolishRussian,
Portuguese, SlovakSpanishSwedishTurkish.

Responses to the national science, technology and industry policies questionnaire used in the preparation of this edition are also available.

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Publication of the OECD STI Outlook alternates each year with the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard.