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 Innovation policy in the recession

Birkbeck Centre for Innovation Management Research,
Birkbeck, University of London
Monday 15 October 2012, 10am to 5pm MAL 153


10.00 – 10.15

Welcome Address and Introduction to the Workshop

Professor Klaus Nielsen, Birkbeck, University of London
10.15 – 10.45

Presentation by Rosa Fernandez, Economic Advisor, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills:

“The permeable boundary between research and innovation”
10.45 – 11.30 Presentation by Professor Rosalinde Klein Woolthuis, VU University, Amsterdam:

Using a market and system failure logic to free innovation capabilities – the interaction between government policy and new business creation
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee/Tea Break
11.45 – 12.15

Presentation by Professor Ciaran Driver, SOAS, London:

The Knowledge Economy: Causality in Management and Governance Relations
12.15 – 12.45

Presentation by Dr Keith Smith, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: 

The Crisis and New Directions in Innovation and Industry Policy
12.45-13.00 Discussion
13.00 – 14.00 Buffet Lunch
14.00 – 14.30

Presentation by Birgitte Andersen and Etienne le Blanc, Big Innovation Centre, London:

Technology Innovation Centres serving Sectors and Nations: Are they ambitious, bold, and enterprising?
14.30 – 15.00

Presentation by Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand, CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden:

Business, Incubation and Growth: A New National Incubator Program

15.00 – 15.15 Coffee/Tea Break
15.15 – 15.45

Presentation by Helen Lawton Smith, Birkbeck, London and Rupert Waters:

Understanding the Role of the State: Regional Innovation Policies in Times of Austerity
15.45 – 16.30

Round Table Discussion – chaired by Professor Klaus Nielsen, Birkbeck, University of London

Innovation policy in the recession

UK’s innovative performance is essential in a strategy for growth. This is even more crucial in an era of austerity where the possibilities for demand-led stimulus are limited. Various government blueprints and plans recognize the importance of innovation and new policies have been initiated. The primary aim of the workshop is to review and evaluate these policies and initiatives. Are the priorities right? Can the initiates be implemented? Will they work? What effects can be expected? What more should be done? What is the role of the state versus the regions? Another aim of the workshop is to provide a wider perspective on innovation policy. What are the implications of a systems perspective on innovation? What are the tendencies in innovation policy design and funding in other OECS countries?  Academics, policy advisers and business managers will participate in the event.

There is no charge for this workshop but we need to know numbers of people for catering purposes. Please confirm your attendance to Ms Ning Baines -

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