Below the Radar: What does Innovation in Emerging Economies have to offer other Low Income Economies?

Kaplinsky, Raphael, Chataway, Joanna, Clark, Norman, Hanlin, Rebecca, Kale, Dinar, Muraguri, Lois, Papaioannou, Theo, Robbins, Peter and Wamae, Watu (2010). Below the Radar: What does Innovation in Emerging Economies have to offer other Low Income Economies?. UNU-MERIT.

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    Author Kaplinsky, Raphael
    Chataway, Joanna
    Clark, Norman
    Hanlin, Rebecca
    Kale, Dinar
    Muraguri, Lois
    Papaioannou, Theo
    Robbins, Peter
    Wamae, Watu
    Title Below the Radar: What does Innovation in Emerging Economies have to offer other Low Income Economies?
    Publication Date 2010
    Place of Publication Maastricht, NL
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Pages 34
    Abstract Between 1970 and 2000 the proportion of global R&D occurring in low income economies rose from two percent to more than 20 percent. However, this rising commitment to R&D does not easily translate into the emergence of a family of innovations meeting the needs of low income consumers “at the bottom of the pyramid”, since much of these technological resources are invested in outdated structures of innovation. A number of transnational corporations are targeting these markets but it is our contention that much of the previously dominant innovation value chains are either ignorant of the needs of consumers at the bottom of the pyramid, or lack the technologies and organisational structures to meet these needs effectively. Instead, the firms and value chains that are likely to be most successful in these dynamic new markets are those that are emerging in China and India and other developing countries, disrupting global corporate and locational hierarchies of innovation.
    Keyword Science and technology
    Asian drivers
    Innovation systems
    Millennium development goals
    JEL B52
    D21
    F02
    F23
    F59
    L26
    O31
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2010
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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