Local Matters: Regions, Innovation and Vocational Education and Training in the Australian Context

Richard Pickersgill

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Abstract

The paper reports on current research in the Riverina region of NSW which is investigating relationships between skill formation, knowledge transfer and the innovation process, with a particular emphasis on the role of VET institutions in supporting and diffusing innovation.In the recent Australian policy context 'innovation' has been conceived as primarily resulting from capital intensive research and development. This understanding has been largely derived from international literature, in particular OECD materials which identify 'innovation' as part of a necessary public response to the challenges of 'globalisation'. The paper argues that in practice, innovation in organisations is mostly incremental and process oriented. This understanding is particularly relevant for small to medium enterprises, typical of regional Australia. The paper discusses case study findings from a number of innovative regional organisations, most of which are competing in international product markets. These organisations, and the communities in which they are situated, depend heavily on regional education and training infrastructure to develop skills, knowledge and supporting social capital. The research findings are presented in the context of a critical analysis of key terms used in the overseas literature, where the concept of 'region' has different geographic, demographic and labour market implications than Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication21st SPERA
Subtitle of host publicationOur stories: Innovation and excellence in Rural Education.
EditorsColin Boylan
Place of PublicationToowoomba, QLD
PublisherSPERA
Pages89-98
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)0095850391
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventSociety for the Provision of Education for Rural Australia (SPERA) National Rural Education Conference - Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, Australia
Duration: 05 Oct 200507 Oct 2005

Conference

ConferenceSociety for the Provision of Education for Rural Australia (SPERA) National Rural Education Conference
CountryAustralia
Period05/10/0507/10/05

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    Pickersgill, R. (2005). Local Matters: Regions, Innovation and Vocational Education and Training in the Australian Context. In C. Boylan (Ed.), 21st SPERA: Our stories: Innovation and excellence in Rural Education. (pp. 89-98). SPERA.