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Innovation system foresight and systemic innovation for the overseas countries and territories

Milan Jezic von Gesseneck (Von Gessesneck Group, Brussels, Belgium and OCTA Innovation, Brussels, Belgium and Chamber of Commerce Belgium-Luxembourg South-East Europe, Brussels, Belgium)
Renato Toffanin (Advanced Research Centre for Health, Environment and Space, Castellana Grotte, Italy)
Josip Jezic von Gesseneck (Robotics and MultiBody Mechanics Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium)

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 12 March 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe through innovation system foresight and systemic innovation approach to address key systemic issues of European Union (EU) Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) concerning the sustainable development and economic resilience: the authors highlight the need for a systemic approach to innovation policy for the sustainable islands’ growth.

Design/methodology/approach

This research focuses on a multiple case study of selected OCTs, members of the Association of the OCTs. Specifically, this paper illustrates the foresight approach implemented in six OCTs in the context of the Territorial Strategies for Innovation project funded by the 10th European Development Fund.

Findings

The focus is on innovation system foresight and systemic innovation: the authors argue that key innovation elements of the individual OCTs can be used as crucial components of an emerging innovation system while this specific type of foresight can assist the governments of respective OCTs in the selection and design of specific instruments in relation to the formulation of their innovation strategies and policies.

Originality/value

This paper is based on work undertaken by the Territorial Strategies for Innovation project team during a three-year period dedicated to supporting the governments of OCTs both in defining and in implementing their innovation strategies. Its main contribution is to develop the concept of innovation system foresight and systemic innovation for the OCTs. The work presented here is considered to be of value by highlighting specific innovation elements for achieving sustainable and inclusive growth in OCTs.

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Citation

Jezic von Gesseneck, M., Toffanin, R. and Jezic von Gesseneck, J. (2018), "Innovation system foresight and systemic innovation for the overseas countries and territories", Foresight, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 105-122. https://doi.org/10.1108/FS-07-2017-0034

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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