HASS – Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences
STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
Innovation involves more than technical skills. It also needs people who understand systems, cultures and the way society uses and adopts new ideas. Much has been made of the importance of having people in knowledge-based enterprises who have both depth and breadth. Innovation needs depth of disciplinary and/or technological expertise. However, this expertise needs to be allied with the ability to effectively and efficiently integrate various knowledge bases and skill sets and deploy skills such as team building and emotional intelligence. Social sciences and the humanities make a significant contribution to innovation and productivity improvement.
Another way to understand the importance of this combination of depth and breadth is by seeing it as the intersection of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) disciplinary inputs in knowledge-based firms.
Source: ACOLA (2014), The role of science, research and technology in lifting Australian productivity.
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