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Improving Distributed Intelligence in Complex Innovation Systems

Kuhlmann, Stefan and Boekholt, Patries and Georghiou, Luke and Guy, Ken and Heraud, Jean-Alain and Laredo, Philippe and Lemola, Tarmo and Loveridge, Denis and Luukkonen, Terttu and Moniz, António and Polt, Wolfgang and Rip, Arie and Sanz-Menendez, Luis and Smits, Ruud (1999): Improving Distributed Intelligence in Complex Innovation Systems. Published in: ASTPP Thematic Network, TSER No. Final Report (June 1999): pp. 1-87.

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Abstract

Science and technology (S&T) are considered to be a central source, or at least a basic medium, of societal and industrial innovation, while innovation is conceived to basically feed the regeneration of our welfare. The suppliers of S&T in Europe as well as the users of their „products“, are confronted with a number of challenges today. We want to stress here that it was not the primary goal of our Advanced Science & Technology Policy Planning (ASTPP) Network to come up with proposals how the strategic character of European S&T policies could be strengthened. The ASTPP-network instead focuses on one aspect: the provision of strategic intelligence necessary to identify and develop strategic choices. The underlying hypothesis is that the existing body of experiences with technology foresight, technology assessment and S/T policy evaluation provides a basis for the development of an advanced S&T policy „planning“ approach by trying to enhance, interlink or even integrate the growing, but still dispersed experience in these three areas of intelligence. By „intelligent“ we mean that the inter-relatedness of S&T, industrial efforts, societal needs and political interventions becomes more transparent so that interactive collaboration between them will be facilitated.

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