Science, technology and innovation policy

OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Switzerland


ISBN: 92-64-02974-5
Published November 2006
Pages: 148

What are a country’s achievements in innovation, and how does this relate to economic performance?

What are the major features, strengths and weaknesses, of its innovation system? How can government foster innovation?

The OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy offer a comprehensive assessment of the innovation system of individual OECD member and non-member countries, focusing on the role of government. They provide concrete recommendations on how to improve policies which impact on innovation performance, including R&D policies. Each review identifies good practices from which other countries can learn.

Switzerland’s innovation performance is among the best in the world. It is the home of strong research-intensive institutions both in the business and the public research sector. However, growth of GDP and productivity has been relatively slow for some time. A number of other countries have been able to develop their innovative capabilities more dynamically. Further raising the level of innovation is of key importance for boosting Switzerland’s economic growth and maintaining high living standards in an increasingly globalised world.

This review suggests some reforms in innovation policy which would help to cope with this challenge.

It is the first publication in the OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy series.

Table of contents

Overall Assessment and Recommendations
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Mapping Switzerland's Innovation System
Chapter 3. The Swiss Innovation System: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats
Chapter 4. Governance and Public Policy
Chapter 5. The Science System
Chapter 6. The Business Sector in a National Innovation Systems Perspective

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