Structural innovations: towards a unified perspective?

Jeremy Howells*, Jakob Edler

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article argues that the intervention to generate structural innovations and with it the structural interaction between organisation actors can be understood as attempts to tackle system failures in innovation systems, mainly as regards networking and actor capabilities. However, these interventions are challenging, they often rest on simplistic assumptions on interaction and networking needs and potentially generate dysfunctional systemic effects. These challenges are discussed using illustrations of structural innovations to improve industry-academic collaborations in the UK and Germany. The article then concludes with a conceptual and policy discussion of opportunities, challenges and unintended consequences of deliberate structural innovation and intervention in structural interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-167
Number of pages11
JournalScience and Public Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011


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