Accession Number : ADP001478

Title :   The Informatics Sector in the Context of Industrial Innovation Policies,


Personal Author(s) : Watson,Dennys

Report Date : NOV 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : This paper does not describe the approach of any single country towards integrating the informatics industry into an industrial strategy; still less does it attempt to prescribe some ideal policy for achieving this goal. It reviews rather the general question of strategies to stimulate innovatory industries, some of the factors characteristic of the informatics sector, and determinants of long-term success which policy-makers should take into account. The informatics sector has undoubted growth potential and other attractions; but it is a highly competitive, fast-changing sector in which the stakes are high and the risks should not be undertaken blindly. In order to succeed in the long-term, a country needs good educational and training facilities, an adaptable workforce, an environment that encourages flexible innovation and openness to technological transfer: and, for the firms concerned, if they are independent, the financial resources to make repeated and substantial investments.

Descriptors :   *Information processing, *Technology transfer, *Industries, *Policies, Industrial production, Industrial engineering, Information transfer, Strategy, Planning, Decision making, Education, Training, Facilities, Manpower, Adaptation, Requirements, Economics, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE