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date: 13 July 2020

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This chapter examines sectoral differences in innovation and in the organization of innovative activities. Understanding differences across sectors is relevant for any analysis that aims to foster innovation in firms. This chapter first shows how studies of sectoral differences have progressed over the past decades. It then goes further to propose a systemic, dynamic and evolutionary framework for the analysis of sectoral differences: sectoral systems of innovation. This framework attempts to broaden the scope of analysis for firm strategies aimed at innovation and growth and lays the bases for a more solid understanding of the dynamics of innovative activities both within and across existing sectoral boundaries. By using this framework, managers may better understand both the forces that drive innovative activities in their sectors and how these forces change over time.

Keywords: Innovation, innovation system, industrial change, sectoral system, industry analysis, sectoral studies

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