Industrial innovation: managing the ecosystem

July 25, 2016 3:45 - 5:00 pm


Many firms operate in global innovation ecosystems across a patchwork of industrial and innovation policy landscapes. We will showcase the first results from a major survey examining changes in innovation management and practice across a diverse range of industry sectors in 11 EU member states. The panel of senior industrial managers and policymakers will discuss the implications of these findings around the four propositions.

  • How are new innovation process and tools used? A CTO’s toolbox now includes ‘open innovation’, global knowledge networks, talent-scouting, social media, crowd sourcing, new IPR provisions and PPPs. How are these tools used by different industries and company? What is ‘best practice’ now?
  • Many European companies still approach innovation as a linear process. Can these companies continue to be competitive?
  • Does open innovation support competitive partnerships and alliances?
  • How do firms manage overlapping regional, national and global agendas, and do they benefit from fragmentation? What should the role of different levels of policy be?

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