Innovating for the future? An external assessment of the future-oriented governance of the Dutch innovation system
The purpose of this paper is to analyze the future-orientation of the Dutch innovation system and formulate recommendations to improve it. Design/methodology/approach ‐ The approach takes the form of in-depth interviews with Dutch experts who are sufficiently independent to formulate relevant, interesting, and deviating opinions. Findings ‐ Dutch managers are quite reluctant to look at the future. They seem to favor the short term above the long term. Research limitations/implications ‐ Consulting additional experts might yield more and more validated results. Practical implications ‐ Dutch companies should do more about turning a future vision into concrete decisions and actions. Social implications ‐ It 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/value ‐ This is the first analysis of the future-orientation of the Dutch innovation system.
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