Learning outcomes

The aim of this unit is to develop an institutional and organisational perspective on technology policy and innovation. By the end of this unit you should have:

  • Acquired a basic understanding of the institutional context of technology policy and innovation studies

  • Become familiar with some key approaches and debates in this area

  • Developed a good understanding of some institutional structures (such as clusters, networks, communities of practice) and the factors that influence them.

Unit 3: Organisations and institutions

1 The institutional perspective