Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation

The OECD Innovation Strategy: Getting a Head Start on Tomorrow



May 2010

Pages: 225


The world today faces significant economic, environmental and social challenges. While no single policy instrument holds all the answers, innovation is the key ingredient of any effort to improve people’s quality of life. Today’s recovery from the global financial and economic crisis remains fragile. As countries seek to improve productivity performance and ensure sustained growth, they will need to boost their capacity to innovate. Innovation is also essential for addressing some of society’s most pressing issues, such as climate change, health and poverty.

But how can governments encourage more people to innovation more of the time? And how can government itself be more innovative?

This publication presents the OECD Innovation Strategy, the culmination of a three-year, multidisciplinary and multistakeholder effort. It provides analysis and policy guidance on a broad range of issues from education and training policies, to policies that provide a conducive business environment and infrastructure for innovation, to policies that foster the creation and diffusion of knowledge. It can support government efforts to develop effective innovation strategies and to achieve key economic and social objectives. It advocates an approach which takes into account the interplay of different policy domains and brings them together through supportive mechanisms for governance at the local, regional, national and international levels.


See also the OECD Innovation Strategy 2015 update:
The Innovation Imperative: Contributing to Productivity, Growth and Well-being