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Beyond the 'usual suspects' - Alternative qualitative methods for innovation policy studies
Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland.
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3429-2788
2019 (English)In: African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, ISSN 2042-1338, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 513-522Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper we make three points about the current state and promising future directions of qualitative research in our field of innovation policy research. First, we argue that research design and methods are dealt with quite superficially in most innovation policy studies papers and journals providing little guidance to new scholars as to how to approach their research. Secondly we argue that when methods are discussed, it tends to be a narrow range of qualitative methods that are used - most commonly a case study approach drawing on interviews and document analysis. Thirdly, we suggest broadening our approach to contain more participatory and action-based research; these are suggested as ways to include more groups in the research design, increase the impact of our work and allow us a deeper understanding of the formulation and development of innovation policy as is possible. We do not argue that the old methods should be put aside but that new additional approaches could be considered to capture the essence of innovation policy formulation.

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Routledge, 2019. Vol. 11, no 4, p. 513-522
Keywords [en]
action research, ethnography, innovation policy studies, participatory research, qualitative research
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Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-75413DOI: 10.1080/20421338.2018.1537106ISI: 000474797600014Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85062366700OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-75413DiVA, id: diva2:1339551
Available from: 2019-07-30 Created: 2019-07-30 Last updated: 2019-07-30Bibliographically approved

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