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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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Foreword (Ingolf Schädler)

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Ingolf Schädler

Foreword

This volume is dedicated to the valued scientist, colleague and good friend, Sepp Fröhlich, on the occasion of his retirement. It is time to pause and pay tribute to a major figure in Austrian technology and innovation policy.

I know that Sepp would already be contradicting me by now. Being a humble man as he is, he certainly won’t like the term tribute. But there are also other reasons: he would not find the phrase Austrian technology and innovation policy – and the word order here is deliberately chosen – sufficiently broad. And it doesn’t do him justice either, even though it still remains a cause close to his heart. More important are the efforts Sepp has made to provide its theoretical foundations or, more precisely, its theoretical modelling. In his eyes, every form of technology policy should have knowledge-based, theoretical foundations. Otherwise it is at best only “policy”, with exactly this connotation, of course. So deep in his heart, he always felt to be a scientist than anything else.

And so we met, and learned to respect one another, while trying to develop the first theoretical model for an Austrian technology policy in the 1980s – the term “innovation policy” did not yet exist in the public consciousness at that time. And thus the Austrian Technology Monitoring System, ATMOS, was born. And lots of people joined in; from the ministries, TU Wien, the Austrian Institute of Economic Research WIFO,...

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