Sustainable innovation through leapfrogging: A review of the evidence

Watson, Jim and Sauter, Raphael (2011) Sustainable innovation through leapfrogging: A review of the evidence. International Journal of Technology and Globalisation, 5 (3/4). pp. 170-189.

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Environmental leapfrogging' assumes that developing countries might be able to skip some of the dirty stages of development experienced by industrialised countries. Environmental leapfrogging could, therefore, contribute to development and environmental goals including climate mitigation objectives. This paper examines the prospects for environmental leapfrogging by reviewing the literature on technology leapfrogging and a set of four case studies. It shows that leapfrogging is possible, but that the key factors for success are different in each case. It is, therefore, not possible to generalise to a large degree. Trial-and-error learning needs to be accepted as part of leapfrogging strategies.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Jim Watson
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:10
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2012 13:58
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