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Measuring National Innovation Performance

The Innovation Union Scoreboard Revisited


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Economics book series (BRIEFSECONOMICS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Frane Adam
    Pages 1-3
  3. Frane Adam
    Pages 63-66
  4. Frane Adam
    Pages 67-69
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 71-74

About this book


This book provides a critical re-examination of the Innovation Union Scoreboard (IUS) as the main tool used by the European Commission and other policy-making bodies to measure national innovation capacity. Given that contemporary societies and economies are to a great extent characterised by the processes of production, dissemination and application (re-combination) of knowledge, the accurate monitoring and measurement of R&D efficiency and innovation performance on national, regional and firm level are of outmost importance. The contextual reconstruction of the model of indicators used by IUS reveals that the accuracy and validity of measurement are not satisfactory, and that substantial modifications of metrics are needed to achieve stronger theoretical significance and policy-relevance. In this work, the »epistemic turn« is emphasised and offered as an alternative, namely in the sense of the shift from a mechanicist-positivist orientation toward a more reflective and contextual post-positivist approach. ​



Country Rankings Innovation Union Scoreboard Innovative Firms National Innovation Capacity Patent Systems

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Developmental and Strategic Analyses (IRSA)LjubljanaSlovenia

About the authors

Frane Adam is Professor at the University of Ljubljana and Head of Research at the private, non-profit Institute for Developmental and Strategic Analyses in Ljubljana ( His main recent research interest is focused on socio-cultural dimensions of innovation performance and knowledge transfer.

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