The STEP-group (Studies in technology, innovation and economic policy) was established in 1991 to support policy-makers with research on all aspects of innovation and technological change, with particular emphasis on the relationships between innovation, economic growth and the social context. The basis of the group's work was the recognition that science, technology and innovation are fundamental to economic growth; yet there remain many unresolved problems about how the processes of scientific and technological change actually occur, and about how they have social and economic impacts. The research of the STEP group centres on historical, economic, social and organisational issues relevant for broad fields of innovation policy and economic growth. On May 1, 2004, the STEP-group merged with NIFU to make the most of the synergies between these organisations and their complementary areas of expertise.

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