n Management Today - Creating and sustaining an innovation culture in South Africa : a systems perspective




South Africa's capacity to innovate cannot be doubted. The country boasts some of the most spectacular achievements in technological innovation in the world. Sasol is one of many examples of what the country can achieve by converting ideas into products and services of immense economic value. However, a closer inspection of the country's record in innovation reveals chronic weaknesses: innovation efforts in South Africa are inconsistent, largely accidental, weakly supported, poorly leveraged and disjointed. This has to change if the goal of growing the economy in order to alleviate poverty is to be realised. The purpose of this paper is to propose broad approaches that could be implemented in order to address the structural and operational weaknesses at various levels of the country's national innovation system.


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