Innovation Systems in Small Catching-Up Economies

New Perspectives on Practice and Policy

  • Elias G. Carayannis
  • Urmas Varblane
  • Tõnu Roolaht

Part of the Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management book series (ITKM, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. The General Context of Small and Path-Dependent National Innovation Systems

  3. The Contingency Approach to Success in Innovation Systems

  4. The Innovation Capabilities in a Small and Path-Dependent Innovation System

  5. The Relationships of Human and Social Factors with Innovation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Anneli Kaasa, Eve Parts, Helje Kaldaru
      Pages 259-276
    3. Jaan Masso, Raul Eamets, Pille Mõtsmees, Kaia Philips
      Pages 297-321
  6. The Innovation Policies in a Context of Small and Path-Dependent Country

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-323
    2. Janno Reiljan, Peter Friedrich, Ingra Paltser
      Pages 325-342
    3. Peter Friedrich, Janno Reiljan, Ingra Paltser
      Pages 343-370
    4. Anne Aidla, Reelika Irs, Kulno Türk
      Pages 371-388
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 389-395

About this book


In several parts of the world, countries are undergoing economic, social, and political transitions, enhanced and accelerated by the forces of globalization. These transition economies can serve as laboratories for understanding the innovation process. This volume features original theoretical and empirical research. It offers the first comprehensive view of innovation system development in the context of small catching-up economies. Smallness, path dependency, and latecomer status of such economies create some inherent limitations for their innovation systems, but these special characteristics can offer advantages as well.

For example, smallness is often related with increased flexibility and shorter reaction times, while latecomers can benefit from earlier experiences of their more advanced neighbors. Path-dependency highlights the fact that the innovation system development processes are considerably influenced by the past experience of a particular country or region.

By incorporating these features into an integrated analysis, the authors address such questions as:

·         What special features characterize the innovation system development in small catching-up economies?

·         What are the causes for innovation success or failure?

·         How do organizational capabilities and internationalization tendencies relate to company level innovations?

·         What is the role of human capital and social factors in the innovation process?

·         How can various policies support innovation in an integrated manner?


Catching-up countries Economic development Entrepreneurship Human capital Innovation Innovation policy Innovation systems Knowledge management Organizational innovation Regional science Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) Transition economies

Editors and affiliations

  • Elias G. Carayannis
    • 1
  • Urmas Varblane
    • 2
  • Tõnu Roolaht
    • 3
  1. 1.School of BusinessGeorge Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.TartuEstonia
  3. 3.TartuEstonia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-1547-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-1548-0
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