Review of the BHP Billiton approach to innovation in its mining services supply chain in Chile and its relevance to Africa

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The BHP Billiton (BHPB) Cluster-Programme in Chile is a strikingly novel initiative for developing more innovation-intensive links between the company’s core mining operations and local suppliers in its host economy. It involves the application of well known principles of innovation system thinking and unusually a substantial investment in creating a demand for innovation as well as the more usual support to the supply of such innovations.