Education, training and skills in educational policy

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Author: Borras, Susana; Edquist, Charles

Abstract:

The main question that guides this paper is how governments are focusing (and must focus) on competence building (education, training and skills) when designing and implementing innovation policies. After a brief literature review, this paper suggests a typology of internal/external and individual/organizational sources of competences that are related to innovation activities. This serves to examine briefly the most common initiatives that governments are taking in this regard. The paper identifies three overall deficiencies and imbalances in innovation systems in terms of education, training and skills: (1) the insufficient levels of competences in a system; (2) the time lag between firms' short-term needs for specific competences and the long time required to develop them; and (3) the imbalances between internal and external sources of competences in firms. From these, the paper elaborates a set of overall criteria for the (re)design of policy instruments addressing those tensions and imbalances.

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Forthcoming article first published online July 15 2014 by Oxford University Press.

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The main question that guides this paper is how governments are focusing (and must focus) on competence building (education, training and skills) when designing and implementing innovation policies. After a brief literature review, this paper suggests a typology of internal/external and individual/organizational sources of competences that are related to innovation activities. This serves to examine briefly the most common initiatives that governments are taking in this regard. The paper identifies three overall deficiencies and imbalances in innovation systems in terms of education, ...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Policy; Skills and knowledge; Industry; Management; Evaluation; Innovation

Keywords: Educational policy; Government policy; Policy analysis; Training policy; Competency standard; Competence; Skill development; Knowledge management; Business; Educational innovation

Published: Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2014

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http://charlesedquist.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/education-and-training-paper-for-spp-revised-apr-30.pdf
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Journal title: Science and public policy

ISSN: 0302-3427; 1471-5430 (online)

Resource type: Article

Call Number:
TD/TNC 117.1121



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