Innovating for the future? An external assessment of the future-oriented governance of the Dutch innovation system

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PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to analyze the future-orientation of the Dutch innovation system and formulate recommendations to improve it. Design/methodology/approachThe approach takes the form of in-depth interviews with Dutch experts who are sufficiently independent to formulate relevant, interesting, and deviating opinions. FindingsDutch managers are quite reluctant to look at the future. They seem to favor the short term above the long term. Research limitations/implicationsConsulting additional experts might yield more and more validated results. Practical implicationsDutch companies should do more about turning a future vision into concrete decisions and actions. Social implicationsIt is necessary to appoint a specific Minister for Innovation and the Dutch government should support the entire innovation process and not just the beginning. Originality/valueThis is the first analysis of the future-orientation of the Dutch innovation system.

Keywords: Forecasting; Government; Government policy; Innovation; The Netherlands

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: August 31, 2010

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