Innovation intermediaries and emerging digital technologies: policy and practice

July 7th 2020, 14:00-16:30, Online event

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Innovation intermediaries are organisations that support firm-level and systemic innovation by, among other activities, creating knowledge links between other organisations, sharing knowledge about a particular technology, providing knowledge-intensive services to firms, and carrying out consultancy activity for policymakers. Intermediaries can play a particularly important role in the implementation of new digital technologies such as the Internet of Things, where they might deliver a range of activities not only to support the alignment of different actors and opportunities, and to encourage learning processes, but also to facilitate the articulation of demand. Intermediaries operating in such rapidly changing context are required to govern a process of change that is uncertain in both nature and direction, and poorly understood by policymakers, firms and often even by experts. This workshop aims to foster a timely discussion about the new roles and activities that intermediaries perform as they support firms in the digital transition, and the knowledge and resources they mobilise in order to do so.

The list of abstracts is available here

Speakers’ bios are available here

For information: Dr Federica Rossi, CIMR, Birkbeck:


14:00-14:10 Introduction

Session I – From brokers to systemic intermediaries

Chair: Saverio Romeo (Birkbeck)


Annalisa Caloffi (University of Firenze), Ana Colovic (NEOMA), Federica Rossi (Birkbeck), Margherita Russo (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia) – Innovation intermediaries in the context of emerging digital technologies

14:20 – 14:30

Anja Leckel (Aachen University) – The mediating role of value capture – a quantitative study on the determinants of social capital on open innovation platforms


Chris Williams (Durham University) – New directions in e-value creation: the case of and the ad-tech industry

14:40-15:00 Q&A

15:00 – 15:10 Break

Session II: The role of government in supporting the digital transition

Chair: Helen Lawton Smith (Birkbeck)


Riccardo Zecchinelli (The Cabinet Office) – AI and Automation in the public administration and public sector


Stefania Paladini (Birmingham City Business School) – Blockchain and its use in the public administration and public utilities


Muthu de Silva (Birkbeck) and Jeremy Howells (University of Kent) – Flexing capabilities: innovation ambidexterity and innovation intermediaries

15:40-16:00 Q&A

16:00-16:30 – Final comments: the role of innovation intermediaries in the digital transformation

Margherita Russo (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)

Dirk Meissner (HSE, Russia)

Lennart Stenberg (Vinnova, Sweden)