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Innovation, Path Dependency, and PolicyThe Norwegian Case$
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Jan Fagerberg, David Mowery, and Bart Verspagen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199551552

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551552.001.0001

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The Innovation System of Norwegian Aquacultured Salmonids

The Innovation System of Norwegian Aquacultured Salmonids

(p.208) 8 The Innovation System of Norwegian Aquacultured Salmonids
Innovation, Path Dependency, and Policy

Heidi Wiig Aslesen

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses especially on the innovation system of aquaculture of salmon and trout in Norway. It describes the sector in a national and global context, and highlights innovation strategies by aquaculture firms according to knowledge base and characteristics of the organizations. The empirical material presented in this chapter shows that aquaculture firms have very different approaches to innovation; from anti-innovation strategies to strategies of being in the forefront of innovation in the sector, showing how firms with very different innovation systems exists side-by-side in one sector. The overall functioning of the sectoral innovation system of aquaculture is influenced by all the different layers of firm types, suggesting a diverse policy approach in order to strengthen the sectoral innovation system — a sector with the potential to become even more knowledge intensive and innovative than today.

Keywords:   sectoral innovation system, knowledge base, innovation strategies, Norway, salmon, trout

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