The 21st century is the century of innovation. Scientific novelty, new devices, new technologies, digital revolution are just a few of the keywords that go from academic journals to newspapers, from labs to fabs, from scientists to consumers. Science, technology and innovation invade our day-to-day transforming the economy and the society. For many scholars, J. A. Schumpeter may be considered as a prophet by stating that innovation is “the fundamental phenomenon of development”. Nevertheless, innovation is not only a matter of macroeconomics. Much more than that, it is a “company thing”. Firms must deal with knowledge and its innovative applications as fundamental factors for performance, competitiveness and success. Thus, management of technology and innovation is definitely mandatory in the portfolio of any decision-making process, whether public or private. However, behind this assumption, and to actually reach innovation, there is a whole complex process intertwining internal capabilities and interactions that go far beyond the boundaries of the firm. Considering such a complex and dynamic scenario, this special issue is addressed to draw a comprehensive picture of the challenges and opportunities for innovation systems and policies, innovative environments, new forms of collaboration, and firms’ resources for the management of technology and innovation.
Prof. Dr. Paulo Antônio Zawislak
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Innovation systems and policies: big data and innovation indicators; Regional and sectoral innovation systems; Geography of innovation; Social innovation; new technologies; Digital transformation and digital revolution, creative economy, IoT and artificial intelligence; Service innovation; Agrotech and innovation; Innovation and sustainability;
Innovation environments: innovation ecosystems, smart cities, living labs; Science and technology parks;
Collaboration for innovation: university-company interaction, technology transfer, R&D emulation, open innovation; incubators and accelerators; spin-offs, spill-overs, spill-outs; Financing and venture capital, startups;
Innovation and the firm: knowledge management, entrepreneurship, KIE, researcher-entrepreneur; Business models, technology scouting, road mapping and forecasting; Innovation strategy and planning; Innovation capabilities, performance; Product development, design, innovation management tools; Technological innovation, operations innovation, managerial innovation and marketing innovation.
This special issue is now open for submission.