Learning, innovation and public policy: the emergence of the Brazilian pulp and paper industry

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This paper considers the role of interactive learning for sectoral innovation systems and policies. The vehicle of this discussion is the emergence of Brazilian pulp and paper industry during the 20th century, and we explore its development as a network learning phenomenon, and highlight how dynamics of technological learning shifted as the organization of industry and its sectoral innovation system expanded and changed in tandem with the advance of strategic knowledge frontiers. Right balance of coordination and competition in the system fostered demand-led innovation system, allowed Brazilian firms to integrate efficiently in global learning networks, and nurtured entrepreneurial culture that eventually leveraged industrial change. The subsequent expansion and success of Brazilian pulp and paper industry can to a great extent be credited to the sectoral innovation system and its dual strategy, which has established a clear division of labor between fundamental innovation and knowledge transfer. Both private firms and the public sectoral innovation system have focused Brazilian cutting edge research, development, and innovation efforts on the improvement of eucalyptus, the primary source of superior competitive advantage for the Brazilian pulp and paper industry, and in other science and technology areas created efficient mechanisms to transfer the best available scientific and technological solutions from abroad to Brazil.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSectoral Systems of Innovation and Production in Developing Countries
Subtitle of host publicationActors, Structure and Evolution
EditorsFranco Malerba, Sunil Mani
Chapter4
Pages99-130
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material

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Public policy
Sectoral innovation system
Innovation policy
Pulp and paper industry
Innovation
Private firms
Industry
Brazil
Efficient mechanisms
Division of labor
Interactive learning
Knowledge transfer
Network learning
Innovation system
Demand systems
Learning networks
20th century
Competitive advantage
Technological learning

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Toivanen, H., & Barbosa Lima-Toivanen, M. (2009). Learning, innovation and public policy: the emergence of the Brazilian pulp and paper industry. In F. Malerba, & S. Mani (Eds.), Sectoral Systems of Innovation and Production in Developing Countries: Actors, Structure and Evolution (pp. 99-130) https://doi.org/10.4337/9781849802185.00010
Toivanen, Hannes ; Barbosa Lima-Toivanen, Maria. / Learning, innovation and public policy : the emergence of the Brazilian pulp and paper industry. Sectoral Systems of Innovation and Production in Developing Countries: Actors, Structure and Evolution. editor / Franco Malerba ; Sunil Mani. 2009. pp. 99-130
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Toivanen H, Barbosa Lima-Toivanen M. Learning, innovation and public policy: the emergence of the Brazilian pulp and paper industry. In Malerba F, Mani S, editors, Sectoral Systems of Innovation and Production in Developing Countries: Actors, Structure and Evolution. 2009. p. 99-130 https://doi.org/10.4337/9781849802185.00010