By STEVE LOHR
INNOVATION — the tricky, many-step process by which ideas become products
and services — has typically been seen, studied and celebrated at the micro
level, as a pursuit for entrepreneurs and clever companies.
But governments are increasingly wading into the innovation game, declaring
innovation agendas and appointing senior innovation officials. The impetus
comes from two fronts: daunting challenges in fields like energy, the
environment and health care that require collaboration between the public
and private sectors; and shortcomings of traditional economic development
and industrial policies.
June 21, 2009
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