ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Building a Holistic Innovation Ecosystem

The Role of Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council

Through the review of the Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council’s non-linear innovation programmes—One Local Government One Idea, One District, One Idea, Young Innovators Programme, Kerala Knowledge Economy Mission, and emerging technologies in governments—the article explores the building of a holistic innovation ecosystem in Kerala by the K-DISC.

There is a growing recognition of the importance of innovation and efficiency in economic growth and development (Schumpeter 1934). Innovation is widely acknowledged as a critical driver of economic development (Grossman and Helpman 1994), and learning capabilities play a crucial role in the competitiveness of regions (Cohen and Levinthal 1989; Bell and Pavitt 1993; Shekar and Joseph 2022). Governments have been actively involved in promoting science, technology, and innovation to improve the well-being of their constituents, often referred to as the science, technology, and innovation policy (Borrás and Edler 2014).

While innovation policies are of great interest, they have received limited attention in academic literature. This lacks the holistic models of non-linear innovation policies for regional or national systems (Edquist 2019). Differentiating between research and innovation policy is essential to foster an innovation-centric approach not controlled solely by research-focused councils (Pelkonen 2006). The academic literature of innovation studies agree about the absence of ideal types of non-linear innovation policies to aid the development of a region (Edquist 2019; Lundvall et al 2009). However, scarce but growing, scholarly and policy-oriented literature of national and international reports  have studied the characteristics of subsets of existing innovation policies and a few country-specific research cases (Edquist 2019; Pelkonen 2006).

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Updated On : 8th Dec, 2023
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