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Innovation, Complexity and Policy

Contributions from 30 years of innovation policy research in Austria

Edited By Matthias Weber

This book brings together a set of contributions that show the breadth and depth of the scientific work of Josef Fröhlich and his influence on Austrian research, technology and innovation (RTI) policy. It is edited in honour of the occasion of his retirement as Head of Innovation Systems Department at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. The contributors provide an overview of important issues of debate at the intersection of innovation studies and government policy, which have been pivotal for the modernisation and consolidation of the Austrian innovation system since the early 1990s.

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Innovation policy lab to design intervention in public procurement (Eva Buchinger)

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Eva Buchinger

Innovation policy lab to design intervention in public procurement

Abstract: Public procurement promoting innovation (PPPI) is high on the policy agenda. The aim is to provide better services for citizens and create attractive markets for the industry. Since procurement is, in its nature, conservative and risk-averse, Austria runs a PPPI initiative. A policy lab approach is used for the optimal design and implementation of this intervention.

1 Introduction

Demand-side instruments such as public procurement, regulation and standards are nowadays an important issue in innovation policy. Together with supply-side instruments such as subsidies for research and development, they should form an effective innovation policy mix1. Public procurement of innovation is presently the most prominent demand-side instrument because of its huge economic relevance2. On the one hand, hopes are high that public procurement can provide a powerful lever for innovation. On the other hand, procurement is in its nature conservative and risk-averse, and the innovation stimulating purchasing power of public entities remains somewhat unexploited. Thus, intervention is required and justified from an innovation policy perspective.

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