Dual Innovation Systems

Concepts, Tools and Methods

Volume 31 - Smart Innovation SET Coordinated by Dimitri Uzunidis

Dual Innovation Systems

François-Xavier Meunier, ENSTA Paris, France

ISBN : 9781786306128

Publication Date : February 2021

Hardcover 242 pp

165.00 USD



Technical superiority is one of the keys to military domination. Thus, defense industries have supported the development of increasingly efficient systems and made significant contributions to technical progress.

However, since the late 1980s, defense industries’ technological initiative has been questioned and new sources of innovation have been sought by turning to the civilian sphere. A duality was born from this marriage of defense and civil innovation which developed their synergies in order to improve the innovation process in both areas.

Dual Innovation Systems uses a systemic approach to investigate this dual approach to innovation and how it promotes improvements in the research and development processes of the defense and civilian areas. It also presents a variety of tools for measuring the performance of a dual innovation system.


Part 1. Presentation of Dual Innovation System
1. Definitions of Technological Duality.
2. The Knowledge System as Unit of Analysis.
3. Definition and Operation of Dual Innovation System.

Part 2. Methodological Tools and Empirical Study of the Duality of Technological Systems
4. Identification of Technological Knowledge Systems in Defense.
5. Evaluation of the Dual Potential of Technological Knowledge Systems: Analysis in Terms of Coherence.
6. Analysis of the Dual Influence of Technological Knowledge Systems.

About the authors/editors

François-Xavier Meunier is an entrepreneur and researcher in innovation economics at the Applied Economics Unit of ENSTA Paris, France. He develops tools for both the academic and professional spheres to evaluate and improve the innovation performance of technology companies.