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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 – A personal speech for Josef Fröhlich that has yet to be held: Complexity need not be complicated. (Wolf D. Prix)


Wolf D. Prix

ForewordA personal speech for Josef Fröhlich that has yet to be held: Complexity need not be complicated.

It is well-known that the older its excellent scientists and artists get, the more Austria likes to shower them with praise and accolades in the hope that they will retire from public life and no longer disturb the tranquillity of convenience with intelligent arguments.

I hope that Josef Fröhlich will not retire from public life. Because…

in older times, one tended to see science and research as a craft enshrouded in secrecy, one that was kept under wraps and used to develop formulas with something resembling sorcery. It took some time to realize – and now this realisation is becoming particularly important – that research and science and maybe also art might be ushering in the future of our development. And to me, this is what Josef Fröhlich stands for as the leader of complexity research in Austria.

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