Innovation in Agri-Food Clusters

Theory and Case Studies

February 2013
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  • Published
    6th February 2013
  • ISBN 9781780640419
  • Language English
  • Pages 240 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.25"
  • Images 5 b/w illus

Innovation has moved through a range of revolutionary epochs, but there is no clear picture of how, or even if, innovation can be managed. This book explores the models, methods and metrics of innovation analysis in the context of a single center: the Global Oilseeds Complex centered in Saskatoon, Canada. It is a single, coherent volume that outlines the theory and practices related to innovation, offering a critical assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches, backed up with empirical evidence.


1) The blind leading the blind along the innovation pathway
2) The economic explanation for innovation
3) Clusters and Traded Interdependencies: Place-based Theories and Models
4) Policies, Strategies and Metrics related to Place in Saskatoon
5) Local Links and Global Pipelines: Innovation Systems Theories and Models
6) Policies, Strategies and Metrics related to innovation processes in Saskatoon
7) Stars and Innovation Athletes: People-based Theories and Models
8) Policies, Strategies and Metrics on People in Saskatoon
9) From comparative statics to networked dynamics: new approaches
10) Policy for the 21st century


Peter W. B. Phillips

Peter W. B. Phillips is Distinguished Professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. He earned his MScEcon and Ph.D. at the LSE and practiced for 13 years as a professional economist and advisor in industry and government. At USask he has held the Van Vliet Research Chair, created and held an NSERC-SSHRC Chair in Managing Technological Change, was a founding member and director of the virtual College of Biotechnology and was founding director of the JSGS. He has had appointments at the LSE, the OECD, the EUI, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Western Australia. He was a founding member of the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee and has been on many company boards, including CAPI, Pharmalytics and Ag West Bio Inc. (which operates a biotech venture fund). He has held >15 peer reviewed grants worth >$200 million and is the author/editor of 13 books, >40 journal articles and >50 book chapters, including Innovation in Agri-food Clusters (CABI 2012).

C. D. Ryan

C. D. Ryan teaches at the University of Saskatchewan.