Indicator-fetishism, or the bent yard-stick Cover Image

Indikátor fetisizmus, avagy az elgörbült méterrúd
Indicator-fetishism, or the bent yard-stick

Author(s): Bence Ságvári, Tibor Dessewffy
Subject(s): Economy
Published by: Gondolat Kiadó
Keywords: innovation; R + D; indicators; small and medium size enterprises (SMEs); IT industries

Summary/Abstract: Standard indicators of the level of R + D activities have now been used for several decades to measure the competitiveness of societies and economies. However, much less attention has been paid to the phenomena hidden behind the figures that fundamentally determine the possibilities and the expectable economic outcomes of innovation. Thus, in addition to traditional indicators, other ones must also be found, which may help in better understanding of R + D and innovation processes, and mechanisms determining economic success or failure of development programs. Even more important is consummating and turning into new marketable products of the social processes that might be measured by these indicators in the future. The author, reporting on empirical research results, argues that not only measurement methodology should be changed, but also the Hungarian micro- and macro-environment of innovation must simultaneously be reformed.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 29-39
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Hungarian