Latest papers in the MIoIR Working Papers Series

Check out the two latest papers in the MIOIR Working Paper Series first by Jakob Edler and by Elvira Uyarra, Kieron Flanagan and Iris Wanzenböck.

Latest papers in the MIoIR Working Papers Series
Latest papers in the MIoIR Working Papers Series
The Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) is pleased to present the latest additions to its newly launched MIOIR Working Paper Series. These two new working papers showcase our commitment to exploring essential research themes, such as innovation management, sustainable innovation, science and technology, innovation policy, and emerging technologies.

Working Paper 2023-03 : Demand, Public Procurement and Transformation by Jakob Edler Jakob Edler delves into the role of the state in influencing and supporting the demand for innovation within the context of transformation. The paper emphasizes the importance of demand for both innovation and transformation and explores the conceptual foundations of state intervention on the demand side. Edler connects demand-side interventions with the ongoing transformation debate and the discussion surrounding the innovation-based competitiveness of systems.

The paper focuses on public demand and public procurement practices as powerful levers to stimulate both transformation and innovation. It highlights the underexplored and underutilized potential of these approaches, offering insights into various forms of public procurement and their functions within different transformation contexts. Edler concludes the paper by providing high-level recommendations for policy and analysis, encouraging further debate and the formulation of comprehensive strategies for procurement that can effectively support innovation and transformation.

Working Paper 2023-04 : The Spatial and Scalar Implications of Missions: Challenges and Opportunities for Policy by Elvira Uyarra, Kieron Flanagan, Iris Wanzenböck Elvira Uyarra, Kieron Flanagan, and Iris Wanzenböck present a compelling paper that sheds light on the implications of missions in innovation policy. The authors argue for a shift from generic and primarily R&D-based innovation support measures towards a new generation of innovation policies. This new approach, often referred to as challenge-led, mission-orientated, or transformative innovation policies, seeks to address major societal challenges, including climate change, migration, and food and energy security. By adopting a more targeted and challenge-oriented approach, innovation policy can deliver desired outcomes and meaningful solutions.

The paper highlights the need for an active role of the state in funding risk-taking activities and creating markets, emphasizing the socio-ecological dimension of innovation. The authors draw attention to the European Green Deal and the Innovation Strategies for Sustainability (S4) as examples of regional policies that emphasize the importance of addressing societal challenges. However, the paper also acknowledges the lack of consensus regarding the implementation of such policies, leaving room for further exploration and discussion.

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The series welcomes submissions from members of the Institute as well as from external authors who work in a relevant research area. We look forward to your future submissions!