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An evolutionary model of science policy: Routines and the growth of knowledge in policy-making organisations
School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Business, Engineering and Science, Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning Research (CIEL). School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden & Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Iceland, Iceland.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8563-9078
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Economics and Business Research, ISSN 1756-9850, E-ISSN 1756-9869, Vol. 14, no 3-4, p. 298-311Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper proposes an evolutionary model of science policy. The paper draws upon evolutionary economics and associated applications to theory of the firm on routines and the role of knowledge in decision-making. This strand of literature is called the growth of knowledge perspective, because routines are assumed to embody useful knowledge about problems to be solved and potential solutions to them. This paper develops a conceptual model, based upon this literature and Campbell’s evolutionary epistemology. The paper proposes that the equivalent of firm routines is, in the science policy context, public policy alternatives such as policy instruments. Moreover, the paper develops notions of science policy fields, and puts them in an evolutionary model in order to understand the creation of variety, retention and selection amongst policy alternatives. © 2017 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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Milton Keynes: InderScience Publishers, 2017. Vol. 14, no 3-4, p. 298-311
Keywords [en]
Evolutionary epistemology, Evolutionary models, Growth of knowledge, Organisational evolution, Organisational routines, Policy-making, Policy-making organisations, Public policy, Retention, Science policy, Selection, Variety
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36507DOI: 10.1504/IJEBR.2017.087514Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85031802227OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-36507DiVA, id: diva2:1218453
Available from: 2018-06-14 Created: 2018-06-14 Last updated: 2018-06-14Bibliographically approved

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