The Creation and Diffusion of Innovation in Developing Countries: A Systematic Literature Review

29 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2016

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Giacomo Zanello

University of Reading - School of Agriculture, Policy & Development

Xiaolan Fu

University of Oxford

Pierre Mohnen

Maastricht University - UNU-MERIT

Marc J. Ventresca

University of Oxford - Said Business School; Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management

Date Written: December 2016

Abstract

In this study, we review the literature on the creation and diffusion of innovation in the private sectors (industry and services) in developing countries. In particular, we collect evidence on what are the barriers to innovation creation and diffusion and the channels of innovation diffusion to and within developing countries. We find that innovation in developing countries is about creation or adoption of new ideas and technologies; but the capacity for innovation is embedded in and constituted by dynamics between geographical, socio‐economic, political and legal subsystems. We contextualize the findings from the review in the current theoretical framework of diffusion of innovations, and we emphasize how the institutional context typical of developing countries impacts the diffusion itself.

Keywords: Development, Diffusion, Innovation, Low‐ and middle‐income countries

Suggested Citation

Zanello, Giacomo and Fu, Xiaolan and Mohnen, Pierre and Ventresca, Marc J., The Creation and Diffusion of Innovation in Developing Countries: A Systematic Literature Review (December 2016). Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol. 30, Issue 5, pp. 884-912, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2860392 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joes.12126

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Xiaolan Fu

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