This paper aims to examine issues of government policy in creating an infrastructure that supports innovation and expertise.
The approach is to reflect on trends in global trade and the role played by governments in supporting such trade.
It is shown that Governments do indeed have a crucial role to play but they must tread a balanced line between support and over‐regulation.
The paper suggests approaches that governments might adopt to improve the support they offer to organisations which wish to be innovative and enterprising.
The paper is a useful summary of the role of government in promoting innovation and enterprise.
Heap, J. (2008), "Innovation and enterprise: the foundations of developing productivity", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 57 No. 6, pp. 434-439. https://doi.org/10.1108/17410400810893365
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