Get off the Grass: Kickstarting New Zealand's Innovation Economy

Author(s): Shaun Hendy; Paul Callaghan


In a brilliant intellectual adventure that ranges from David Ricardo and Adam Smith to economic geography and the science of complex networks, Shaun Hendy and Paul Callaghan explore how New Zealanders can learn to live off knowledge rather than nature. The key to increasing New Zealand's prosperity, they argue, is innovation in high-tech niches. To catch up with the countries that lure young Kiwis away, New Zealand needs to start innovating like a city of four million people; it needs to start taking science seriously; it needs to start seeing its people as people of learning, not just of the land. Get off the Grass provides a readable introduction to a wide variety of ideas including economic geography, network theory, and complexity theory; offers unique insights into the New Zealand economy and its long-term prospects; adds to current debates worldwide about innovation, science, economic growth, and networks.

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"Callaghan and Hendy have highlighted a critical issue--decades in which we have underinvested in both public and private sector investment in technological research and innovation. This is a welcome and timely contribution to the critical debate on how we are to become a more wealthy and healthy society." --Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister

Professor Shaun Hendy is deputy director of the MacDiarmid Institute and an Industry and Outreach Fellow at Industrial Research Ltd. In 2012 he won the Callaghan Medal and the Prime Minister's Science Media Communication Prize. Professor Sir Paul Callaghan (1947-2012; GNZM, FRS, FRSNZ) was one of New Zealand's most celebrated scientists. He was the 2011 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

General Fields

  • : 9781869407629
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : 0.276691
  • : August 2013
  • : 210mm X 140mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : July 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Shaun Hendy; Paul Callaghan
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 338.0640993
  • : 248
  • : Black and white