The national system of innovation concept: An ontological review and critique
The construct â€˜national system of innovationâ€™ (NSI) is used to characterise a countryâ€™s collectiveÂ efforts towards fostering technological innovation. Since appearing in the 1996 White PaperÂ on Science and Technology, the term has been used widely in South African policy discourses.Â This study makes a contribution towards an increased understanding of the meaning andÂ implications of the NSI as a policy construct. The preponderant themes that emerge fromÂ this analysis underline the importance of fostering quality networks within the NSI. The NSIÂ philosophical framework provides a solid foundation for organising the countryâ€™s collectiveÂ efforts in science and technology in a much more integrated and holistic fashion. InnovationÂ policies and plans should aim to bring about synergy within the various elements of the NSI,Â particularly within small developing economies such as South Africa, in order to build robustÂ innovation-driven economies.