Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation


  • The OECD Innovation Strategy - 2015 revision

    Well-timed and targeted innovation boosts productivity, increases economic growth and helps solve societal problems. But how can governments encourage more people to innovate more of the time? And how can government itself be more innovative?

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  • The changing face of global trade: Measuring trade in value added

    A joint OECD-WTO initiative on Measuring Trade in Value Added (TiVA) breaks with conventional measurements of trade, which record gross flows of goods and services each time they cross borders. It seeks instead to analyse the value added by a country in the production of any good or service that is then exported, and offers a fuller picture of commercial relations between nations.

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  • Global value chains: Interconnected economies

    International production, trade and investments are increasingly organised within so-called global value chains (GVCs) where the different stages of the production process are located across different countries. Products are no longer made somewhere, but everywhere. The emergence of GVCs challenges our conventional wisdom on how we look at economic globalisation and in particular, the policies that we develop around it.

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OECD work on science, technology and industry 2013-14

The Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) develops evidence-based policy advice on the contribution of science, technology and industry to societal well-being and economic growth. In particular, we lead OECD work on the translation of science, technology and knowledge into innovation.

We also manage internationally comparable databases on the links between industry, technology, competitiveness and globalisation to inform research, debate and policy making.

To learn more about our areas of work, download our brochure, follow us on Twitter (@OECDinnovation) or subscribe to our newsletter.



OECD Blue Sky Forum on Science and Innovation Indicators

Ghent, Belgium, 19-21 September

Every 10 years the OECD Blue Sky Forum engages the policy community, data users and providers into an open dialogue to review and develop its long-term agenda on science, technology and innovation (STI) data and indicators. This event is an open and unconstrained discussion on evidence gaps in science and innovation and on initiatives the international community can take to address data needs in this area.

Latest news

Recent publications

INNOVATION: The Knowledge Triangle:
Enhancing the contributions of Higher Education and Research Institutions to Innovation

September 2016

BROADBAND: Portal Update
August 2016

DIGITAL ECONOMY: Launch of the Latin American Broadband Toolkit
June 2016

POLICY NOTE: No Country for Young Firms
June 2016

DIGITAL ECONOMY: Why a brighter future could be in our pocket
May 2016

INNOVATION: Symposium on Inclusive Growth 
April 2016

RELEASE: The Ocean Economy in 2030
April 2016

INTERNET: Developments in International Mobile Roaming
April 2016

INDUSTRY: No Country for Young Firms?
April 2016

INDUSTRY EVENT: High-Level Steel Symposium
April 2016

CONSUMER POLICY: OECD Council releases Recommendation on Consumer Protection in E-commerce 
March 2016

INNOVATION: Sweden Innovation Policy Review
March 2016

EVENT: Blue Sky forum call for papers
March 2016

INDUSTRY: Benefiting from the Next Production Revolution
February 2016

BROADBAND: Mobile broadband subscriptions top 1 billion in OECD area 
February 2016

INDUSTRY: Routine jobs, employment & technological innovation in GVCs 
February 2016

INNOVATION: Latest data on Gross Domestic Expenditures on R&D (GERD) by country
February 2016

INDUSTRY: The Future of Productivity
December 2015

SCIENCE AND TECH: Making Open Science a Reality
October 2015

More news and events

The Ocean Economy in 2030

Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2015: 
Innovation for growth and society

Frascati Revision 2015

The Innovation Imperative 2015

Data Driven Innovation: Big Data for Growth and Well-Being 2015

OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2015

OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2014

Measuring the Digital Economy: A New Perspective 2014

The Space Economy at a Glance 2014

OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy

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