The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Visit South Africa's official Covid-19 resource portal
2199  Large
In any system of innovation, the constituency of participating individuals plays a large role in determining its strengths and weaknesses. A fundamentally mobile resource, individuals are influenced by a complex nexus of factors prompting their movements. This book is a review of the literature on the topic and is designed as a resource for anyone interested in analysing human mobility and the factors and policies through which it influences innovation. It consists of three sections. The first provides a historical and theoretical background to the study of mobility and its relationship to innovative capacity. The second looks at the empirical measurement of mobility and evidence of its relationship to innovative performance. The third reviews policies used to affect the mobility of highly skilled individuals. Throughout the study, the focus is on the South African experience and its relation to the African and broader international experience.

Product information

Format : 280mm x 210mm
Pages : 84
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2185-7
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2185-7
Publish Year : 2007

1 Introduction

2 Human resource mobility in systems of innovation

3 Empirical analyses of mobility and systems of innovation

4 Policies to influence mobility


5 Conclusion

Appendix:
References

Dr Thomas E. Pogue is a research fellow at the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI), based at the Faculty of Economics and Finance, Tshwane University of Technology. His research interests cover the areas of development, collaboration, and the economics of technology change. He holds a Doctorate in Economics from Maastricht University in The Netherlands. Before joining IERI, Thomas worked at the CSIR Policy Group. Previously, Thomas also worked for the Center for Economic Development, based at the Department of Resource Economics, University of Nevada, Reno in the United States.
Share this

You might also consider these related books

2137  Large

Multinationals on the Periphery
DaimlerChrysler South Africa, human capital upgrading and regional economic development

Utilising the DaimlerChrysler human resources upgrade in one of South Africas least developed provinces as the basis, this is a well-developed case study of the relationship between human capital in host economies and international capital inflows. It describes how DaimlerChrysler upgraded human resources in its East London plant where the company manufactures the Mercedes C-Class model for export. Lorentzen explores the extent and depth of the upgrading along and beyond the automotive supply chain, and its repercussions on local education and training institutions. Finally, he analyses how foreign direct investment and local industrial development interact in the short and medium term, and hypothesises as to the possible longer-term outcomes in the absence of proper regional economic planning.

Product information

Format : 148mm x 210mm
Pages : 44
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2131-8
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2131-4
Publish Year : 2006
Price R 95.00
1942  Large

Confronting the Region
A profile of Southern Africa

This profile provides an understanding of the main developmental and institutional challenges that confront southern Africa. The authors highlight the political, economic and social conditions in the region and identify common trends. The paper also reviews the progress made in the promotion of greater regional integration.

Product information

Format : 148mm x 210mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 64
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2060-5
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2060-7
Publish Year : 2004
Rights : World Rights
Price R 98.00
Opening Sa Economy

Opening the Economy
Barriers to Entry and Competition

What does it take for entrepreneurs to be effective competitors? What are the factors affecting entry and participation in sectors where there are historically strong incumbent firms? Opening the South African Economy brings to light the challenges of concentration, inequality and exclusion in different sectors of the South African economy.

Product information

Format : 240mm x 168mm (Soft Cover)
Pages : 272
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2589-3
Publish Year : March 2020
Rights : World Rights
Price R R250.00
Linking  Universities

Linking Universities and Marginalised Communities
South African case studies of innovation focused on livelihoods in informal settings

Linking Universities and marginalised communities examines how South African universities engage with the informal sector in marginalised communities to improve livelihoods through inclusive innovation. The knowledge imperatives of universities are explored in relation to the public good and social justice, and the roles of innovation and technology transfer. Case studies provide examples of coherence between teaching, research, innovation and community engagement, and illustrate the enablers and constraints to such interaction. These insights find policy application in the spheres of higher education, science and technology, and economic development. The analysis also provides lessons for innovation studies, pointing out the need to refine the notion of innovation so that it may be more appropriate for the developmental challenges of countries such as South Africa.

Product information

Format : 210mm x 148mm
Pages : 144
ISBN 13 : 978-0-7969-2500-8
Publish Year : June 2015
Rights : World Rights
Price R 130.00