Innovating Up To Speed – Measuring Penang’s Innovative Capabilities

By Norlela Ariffin

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RECENTLY, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the plan for the development of Greater Penang, which would comprise the state of Penang and extend to the Kulim High Tech Park and Perak industrial parks. As Greater Penang competes with other globally competitive locations to attract the best human capital and high-value investments, it needs to move up to the next high stage of development and innovation-driven economy, reinforce Penang’s existing strengths and most importantly, get Penang’s technological innovative...

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Norlela Ariffin

has researched technological innovation capability in Malaysia since 1995. She pioneered Malaysia’s national R&D evaluation in 1990, and worked with Martin Bell and Mike Hobday to audit technological capability of firms for the Review of Malaysia’s Technology Policy (1995) and Innovation Audits in 2003 and 2008 at the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT). In 2009-2010, she reversed engineered from Korea and operationalised Malaysia’s first Innovation Certification Programme (1-innoCERT) for SMEs.