Combining Innovation Systems and Global Value Chains for Development: Towards a Research Agenda

  • Roman Jurowetzki
  • Rasmus Lema
  • Bengt-Åke Lundvall
Original Article


This paper contributes to ongoing work which seeks to bring together the national innovation system and global value chain literatures for the study of economic development. We depart from the view that such a new combination will be helpful both in enhancing understanding of socioeconomic processes in developing countries and in building a more useful knowledge base for action. To this aim, we combine bibliometric analysis with a qualitative review of work from both bodies of literature. The purpose is to inform a research agenda suited for policy-relevant studies of economic development in the global economy.


economics regional studies innovation systems global value chains mapping bibliometrics framework development 

Ce document contribue aux travaux en cours qui visent à rassembler la littérature sur les systèmes d’innovation nationaux et sur la chaîne de valeur mondiale afin d’étudier le développement économique. Nous partons de l’hypothèse qu’une combinaison si innovante serait utile à la fois pour améliorer la compréhension des processus socio-économiques dans les pays en développement et pour constituer une base de connaissances plus utile pour l’action. À cette fin, nous combinons l’analyse bibliométrique avec une revue qualitative du travail des deux corps de littérature. L’objectif est d’éclairer un programme de recherche adapté aux études qui sont utiles aux politiques économiques et qui traitent du développement économique dans l’économie mondiale.


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  • Roman Jurowetzki
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  • Rasmus Lema
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  • Bengt-Åke Lundvall
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Business and ManagementAalborg UniversityAalborg EastDenmark

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