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Competitiveness in Research and Development

Comparisons and Performance

Format: Hardback
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Published: 21st Oct 2005
Dimensions: w 234mm h 156mm d 20mm
Weight: 546g
ISBN-10: 1843769212
ISBN-13: 9781843769217
Barcode No: 9781843769217
This book builds on the premise that the effectiveness of national efforts to increase spending on R&D can be approximated by the competitiveness of that economy in international markets. Building on a number of existing `benchmarking' studies that have to date only ranked countries according either to their R&D indicators, or their performances in innovation, this is the first book to offer a synthesized assessment of the R&D competitiveness of national economies based on both input and output related indicators. Several quantitative methods are used to combine these lists with a wide variety of R&D indicators. The book confirms one of the major premises of the Lisbon Strategy - that Europe is significantly lagging behind its overseas competitors in R&D. Competitiveness in Research and Development includes a unique comparative analysis of R&D and innovation systems of transition and developing economies. It also features a comprehensive and critical survey of international literature on the measurement of R&D and innovation performance. Academics and researchers of innovation and science and industrial economics will find much to interest them in this book as will international organisations, think tanks, and government agencies dealing with R&D and innovation. The book will also appeal to strategists and managers of R&D intensive companies.

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`. . . stimulating reading for macroeconomists interested in technological innovation.' -- Georges Haour, R&D Management `The book is based on the recognition that effective R&D is a fundamental component of sustainable competitive advantage of nations. Professor Torok and his co-authors not only spell out the thesis but also prove it with rich analytical evidences. I wish many politicians and economic policymakers could read the book and adapt this conclusion in practice! This would help achieve the Lisbon goals of the European Union and the "catch-up" of the transition economies.' -- Attila Chikan, Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary