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in eight missing pieces,
The Economic Puzzle of Innovation,
It’s apparent to most thinkers that innovation should connect with economic growth. But Economics doesn't help them much. It defaults to a proxy called Factor Productivity - a principal outward manifestation of Growth Theory - whose sufficiency remains conjectural, and within which innovation is still a remainder. Or it places innovation in some kind of intellectual capital that is not much better. Such shortfall invites explanation - and an excuse. The excuse occupies the next two paragraphs; the explanation the next six pages, and a hundred of supporting scholarship. Economics has missed an industry standard, the Innovation Funnel, which controls output to commercialization. The mechanism for successful passage through this funnel is an essential consideration on which Economics remains silent. That's a consequence of what the perceptive economist Zvi Griliches once called its 'data constraint'. He exhorted economists to overcome it, but only outsiders could do so. That's because business lore is systemically out of academic reach. It's hidden away from campuses; within factories, corporate offices and especially in technical centers. And most of it relates to successful funnel passage. Access to tacit knowledge allows Innovation Professionals to use these resources to serve commercial purposes. Incorporation of Economics is a natural extension, contingent only on the de-fragmentation of neglected data. The outcomes address two well-known knowledge gaps in Economics. What economists have identified as Economics' 'Quality Change Problem' is one. The other is the long sought never found numerical link between current innovation spending and future GDP. When armed with these missing elements the dominating factor for economic growth clearly emerges. Innovation metrics control the funnel through which any technology must pass to become commercial. Its products then overcome market incumbents by the process called creative destruction. Growth can be calculated upwards from first principles. Such capability bestows global economic advantage.