Digital and Open Innovation project


The digital transformation has changed the way economies work and innovation is organised. The OECD project ‘Digital and Open Innovation’ investigates whether and, if so, how digital transformation changes the rationales for innovation policy as well as the most appropriate instruments to foster vibrant innovation ecosystems.

To identify practical policy implications, the project reviews changing innovation dynamics across sectors and different actors, including SMEs, start-ups and research institutions. It sets specific focus on new forms of collaboration. 

The 2017-18 project is conducted under the auspices of the Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP) and the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP).

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Project activities (public release of final report by early 2019)

(1) Innovation policy responses to the challenges of digital transformation

This project puts innovation policies at the core of the analysis in order to:

  • Find appropriate policy responses to new challenges faced by different sectors of the economy and diverse actors within them
  • Explore what innovation policy strategies and instruments (e.g. research and innovation centres to connect business with academia for technology development; ICT innovation vouchers to help SMEs adopt digital technologies) are most effective in view of the demands of the digital transformation
  • Ensure the digital transformation allows for and contributes to sustainable and inclusive growth, offering opportunities for widespread participation in innovation processes 

(2) How does digital transformation affect the ways different sectors innovate?

Digital transformation changes the business models of most sectors of the economy and the ways actors conduct innovation. Differences across and within sectors and countries are often important. Understanding those different experiences is key to design appropriate innovation policies to foster vibrant innovation ecosystems.

The project reviews how digital transformation is changing business models and consequently innovation activities across a range of priority sectors (agri-food, automotive and retail), with a focus on impacts on different actors (e.g. start-ups, SMEs, large firms).


Recent events


Workshop: "Digital Health Innovations"

The Hague and Eindhoven, 11-13 April 2018


Organised jointly by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the OECD

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Related OECD projects

Assessing the impacts of knowledge transfer and policy

This ongoing TIP project focuses on two inter-related themes regarding the transfer of knowledge between industry and science and its impacts:

  • Assessing the impacts of research institutions on innovation performance;
  • Policy instruments and mixes for spin-off creation.

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The second phase of the project focused on the following priority themes: 

  • The impacts of digital innovation on market structures and distribution of income
  • The contribution of digital products and services to social inclusion
  • The distribution of innovation capacities across regions within countries
  • The role inclusive innovation policies can play in tackling inclusiveness challenges

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