Capabilities for production and technological innovation

Ibarra, Cecilia, and Nick von Tunzelmann (2011). "Capabilities for production and technological innovation" Paper presented at the 8th annual conference of the HDCA, 6-8 September 2011, the Hague, the Netherlands.

The main point of this paper is analytical, in respect of making a case for a applying a theory of production based on ‘capabilities’. By stretching the concept of capabilities to the production arena and building on innovation studies work, we can reinterpret the activity of production and its history. We argue producer capabilities complement consumer capabilities as part of the freedoms people have to live in ways they value. As a result, we propose systems alignment as a policy strategy to enhance producer capabilities and build regional systems of innovation, which – we believe - could be the basis for the rise of environments favouring human development. We use as exemplars two case studies, namely copper mining and fruit growing in Chile.
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