Can policy follow the dynamics of global innovation platforms? ('s-Hertogenbosch, 14-15 April 2014)

14/15 April 2014 6CP  with the support of the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant organized an international conference titled “Can policy follow the dynamics of global innovation platforms?” to explore policy options in view of the recent global innovation dynamics. The key question is how and under what conditions regions and countries can benefit from the development of global value chains.

The conference addressed the following questions:

1. How global is R&D&I now? Are there major differences between long term fundamental research and closer to market development, between public and private R&D?  
2. In general linkages between fundamental or long term (public) R&D and location of production seem to be weak (e.g. in Netherlands Randstad vs. Southeast, in US Boston vs. the Lakes), whereas intra-firm linkages between R&D and production seem to have high impacts.  What does this mean for R&D&I policies?
3. Are there boundaries to globalization of R&D&I?
4. How do the business tendencies to globalize have an impact on policy?
5. Building a knowledge driven service economy clearly has not succeeded in creating sufficient jobs in the US and in Europe (and we may expect major improvements in services productivity in the coming years, reducing employment opportunities even more).
6. Can demand driven policies have an impact? Could they create opportunities for local/regional integrated  development? Or do they simply create demand for global producers, e.g. the case of solar panels, and thus reinforce the need for globalization?
7. How can R&D&I policies create conditions for the growth of production (and thus of jobs and welfare) in specific countries/regions?

The conference brought together state of the art thinking and research on the topic and was aimed at setting the agenda for future research and policymaking. Rather than academic papers, we have solicited position papers in which the authors/presenters summarize their perception of the problem followed  by their views on future trends and policy options.

Book with collection of background papers is available for download!


Background paper

Summarising note

Steffen Kinkel (Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences) Setting the scene: Global value chains, re-shoring activities, global innovation networks, and their impact on global innovation platforms

Carlos Montalvo (TNO) Global Innovation Networks: new rationales and policy challenges

Dieter Ernst (East-West Center, Honolulu) Trade and Innovation in Global Networks – Regional Policy Implications

Ludovico Alcorta (UNIDO) Policy perspectives on global manufacturing systems

Petri Rouvinen (ETLA) Lessons from value chain case studies

Wolfgang Polt (Joanneum Research) A value chain perspective on sectoral R&D, the role and implications of embodied R&D

Maria de los Angeles Pozas (Collegio de Mexico) Disruptive innovations and global networks: the case of genomics and pharmaceutical industry

Christian Haenen (GE Global Research) A global companies perspective

Christian Saublens (EURADA) Smart Maker Regional Ecosystems in global value chains

Jan van den Biessen (Philips) A global company's perspective

Paolo Casini (European Commission, DG Enterprise) Competing in global value chains

Andres Rodriguez Pose (London School of Economics) Global value chains for innovation in peripheral areas


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