Keywords: agricultural innovation system, Azerbaijan, systems analysis, agricultural science, technology and innovation policy
Mapping organisational linkages in the agricultural innovation system of Azerbaijan
This study describes the evolving context and organisational linkages in the agricultural innovation system of Azerbaijan and suggests ways to promote effective organisational ties for the development, distribution and use of new or improved information and knowledge related to agriculture. Graph-theoretic principles and concepts are employed to assess the existing organisational linkages vital for agricultural innovations. This assessment indicates: (i) the innovation system of Azerbaijan is in the early stages, and significant accomplishments in especially policy-making, research and development, and credit institutions are yet to come; (ii) ample scope exists for intermediary organisations to be more active in facilitating the flow of information and knowledge between the public and the private organisations in the system and (iii) especially in public organisations, flexible management styles should be practised for timely and effective interaction with private organisations.