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OECD. Workforce Skills and Innovation: An Overview of Major Themes in the Literature. OECD Publishing, Paris, 2011.
The OECD Directorate for Education recently published this working paper which critically reviews the main approaches, debates and evidence on the role of workforce skills in the innovation process. Some of the key findings of the paper include:
Apart from the literature review, the paper draws on official surveys of innovation in business to demonstrate the great diversity in innovation activities and skills across industries. A concluding summary and assessment of the conflicting perspectives and their implications for public policy are also provided.