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Green innovation (OECD STI Outlook) July 31, 2015 - 5:30am

Presentations of the seminar “Climate Change transitions through innovation”, 18 June 2015 July 27, 2015 - 4:35am
Final report July 24, 2015 - 5:14am
Case studies July 28, 2015 - 11:13am
Countries should address disruptive effects of digital economy July 23, 2015 - 3:55am OECD countries are making increased efforts to develop their digital economies in a way that will maximise social and economic benefits, but now need to address the risk of disruption in areas like privacy and jobs, according to a new OECD report. The OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2015 finds that most countries have moved from a narrow focus on communications technology to a broader digital approach that integrates social and economic priorities. Yet no OECD country has a national strategy on online privacy protection or is funding research in this area.
What policies to boost productivity? July 23, 2015 - 3:54am The slowdown in productivity over the past decade has added to concerns about the long-term economic outlook, but the OECD’s latest work on The Future of Productivity identifies impediments to future growth and proposes policies to address them. The new OECD research shows that the gap between high productivity firms and the rest has been increasing over time, suggesting that there are barriers to the diffusion of new innovations. Policy reforms to be considered are measures to revive the diffusion of innovation and to make better use of human talent.
Workshop Documents July 3, 2015 - 5:58pm
Realising the full potential of science, technology and innovation June 23, 2015 - 12:18pm

Blog contributed by Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Minister of Education and Research, Norway; Vice Chair of 2015 OECD Ministerial Meeting.

Workshop Documents July 3, 2015 - 5:43pm
Green Growth, Technology and Innovation June 22, 2015 - 11:29am
Agricultural Innovation Systems: An Investment Sourcebook June 22, 2015 - 11:23am
Innovation Policy: A Guide for Developing Countries June 22, 2015 - 11:01am
Direct funding of firms' R&D June 22, 2015 - 5:02am

Governments have long used direct funding to stimulate firms’ R&D through various instruments, including matching grants, subsidized loans, and venture capital and seed funds. Besides basic research and product development, eligible activities for funding may also include training, process innovation, technology commercialization, early stage funding for technology start-ups, etc. Public funding covers a variable proportion of the costs of an R&D project, requiring co-financing by beneficiary firms.

Migration June 22, 2015 - 4:59am
Migrants can contribute to innovative entrepreneurship in their host countries in many ways: by bringing new skills and competencies, helping domestic innovative SMEs overcome labour shortages, founding innovative high-growth companies, and supporting the diffusion and creation of knowledge. Evidence confirms the contributions of migrants. Over the past decade, specific policies designed to attract and select foreign entrepreneurs and highly educated immigrants have been adopted in most OECD countries.
Absorptive capacities June 22, 2015 - 4:57am
Absorptive capacities - the ability of firms to recognize, assimilate and apply new knowledge for the benefit of their business performance – are key to a firm’s ability to innovate. The nature of the concept involves three basic capacities in relation to new knowledge: recognition of its value, its assimilation and its application for commercial purposes. 
 
Business angels June 22, 2015 - 4:26am

This section explores the role of business angels in financing prototype development and market demonstrations. It provides a full characterization of business angels (types, motivations, activities they support) and explores the advantages and disadvantages of using them to finance the second stage of the innovation process. The section finishes with a discussion of the policy interventions that can encourage and support business angel activity.

Public Sector Innovation June 22, 2015 - 4:10am
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Financing Business Innovation: A Review of External Sources of Funding for Innovative Businesses and Public Policies To Support Them June 16, 2015 - 7:28pm
OECD calls for common principles for developing and communicating scientific advice June 22, 2015 - 7:03am Recent events where science advice has been called into question include Ebola, Fukushima and the L'Aquila earthquake.
Creating Our Common Future through Science, Technology and Innovation June 22, 2015 - 9:50am
Blog contributed by Choi Yanghee, Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Republic of Korea; Chair of 2015 OECD Ministerial Meeting.
 
As the world struggles with the economic downturn left in the wake of the global financial crisis, we are witnessing a paradigm shift from growth to a focus on more sustainable development. Accompanying this shift is a worldwide effort to solve serious global challenges that include climate change, energy, health care, and poverty.