n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - Inspiring reflections : Christopher Freeman's enduring contributions : research notes / commentaries

Volume 3, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
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A number of Christopher Freeman's colleagues were asked to reflect on what they thought describes his life and work in a few words. Some of the colleagues replied including former SPRU students that were taught or supervised by Chris Freeman. Their views on what they thought were Chris Freeman's defining contributions have been put together. There are a number of ways to continue Chris Freeman's legacy on innovation research. The first is to build in a critical tradition in the economics of innovation research by introducing fearlessly emancipatory epistemology. Second the economic system that dominates social life is not free from fluctuations, cycles, disruptions, crises and destructions both human and ecological Innovation research must position itself to address environmental, financial and economic crises. The third is innovation research for development by addressing not only poverty eradication but also social inclusion, equity and social justice.

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