Science, technology and innovation policy

Innovation in the Software Sector


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Pages: 185
ISBN 978-92-64-06361-7
Published: Nov. 2009



This book puts a spotlight on innovation across the software universe, setting out key issues and highlighting policy perspectives.

It spans research and development, invention, production, distribution and use of software in the market. It also covers core innovation themes from a user perspective -- including security and privacy, mobility, interoperability, accessibility and reliability.
















Project background

Under the guidance of its Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), the OECD carried out a project to analyse the drivers of innovation in the software sector. This project had three modules:

  • The economic processes in the software sector (invention, production, distribution, use);
  • Research and development and the market environment in the software industry; and
  • User perspectives with respect to secure and accessible software.

An initial conference on Innovation in the Software Sector was held in Cáceres, Spain, in November 2007, bringing together experts, industry representatives and policy-makers to discuss preliminary empirical results. A second OECD conference on the topic took place in Tokyo in October 2008, with the objective of presenting and refining the draft findings of the OECD project.

This publication constitutes the final project report.

Innovation in the Software Sector is also part of the OECD Innovation Strategy, a comprehensive policy strategy to harness innovation for stronger and more sustainable growth and development, and to address the key global challenges of the 21st century.

For further information, please contact the project staff at

Table of contents

Executive Summary (download pdf)

Issues for Policy Makers and Industry to Consider

Chapter 1. The Economic Processes of the Software Sector

Chapter 2. R&D and the Market Environment in the Software Sector

Chapter 3. User Perspectives on Software Functionalities

Annex A. Review of Studies on Market Penetration Rates

Annex B. Beyond the Traditional Software Sector: The Role of Businesses as Software Developers and Users 

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