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Project blog focuses on important issues, papers, discussions related to the project theme developments. Bloggers are practitioners who work with innovation policies for many years. Please read their profiles to learn more about each author and his/her organisation.

2014.04.30.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

Business service sector

Business Services will play a central role in the reindustrialization of Europe, both through the provision of innovative and productive services to other firms, and through the servitization of manufacturing.
2014.04.25.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

Field experience as a RIS3 expert - by Christian SAUBLENS

Being an external expert for the validation of the RIS3 process and advising the organisation in charge of the design of the RIS3 is an interesting and exciting task. Indeed, it allows one to offer outside views on its design and its content and to advise where to look at in order to find inspiration for doing things differently. It also allows taking part in brainstorming exercises to overcome bottlenecks. I had the privilege to work with the Canary Islands (ES) and Nord-Pas-de-Calais (FR).
2014.04.15.I author: Poznan Science and Technology Park -

KNOW-HUB Training in Bilbao

Regional Innovation Policy in practice
Training Session for policy makers and practitioners
1-2 April 2014
2014.04.04.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

Business Model Innovation: When the Game Gets Tough, Change the Game by Boston Consulting Group

Business model innovation (BMI) means more than a brilliant insight coming at the right place and the right time. To confer a reliable competitive advantage, BMI must be systematically cultivated, sufficiently supported, and explicitly managed. In this paper, Boston Consulting Group argue that BMI is highly relevant in the current business environment, describe some of the circumstances in which BMI has proved valuable, identify common pitfalls, and discuss how companies can develop a competitive capability in BMI.
2014.03.28.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

5 Steps to Smarter Specialisation

A briefing note by the Science|Business Innovation Board AISBL on innovation investments to be made under the European Commission’s new cohesion policy
2014.03.27.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

RIS3 in practice: 3 European regions demonstrate how it can be done

On March 20th, the regions of Catalonia (ES), Skåne (SE) and Aquitaine (FR) have shown what "Smart Specialisation Strategies" really means in practice. The regions were invited by the Cabinet of Commissioner Hahn to present their strategies to the Commission, as they are considered as leading lights for other regions on how they can create their smart specialisation strategies.
2014.03.25.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

Universities and Smart Specialisation Policy Brief

Interesting background reading by the JRC and the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies of Newcastle University.
2014.03.25.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

Shaping the future of manufacturing by McKinsey

This free of charge report (registration required) examines the future of manufacturing, how senior executives should spread best practices, why leadership-development programs fail, taking data analytics to the next level, and Starbucks’ Indian expansion. A worthwile read!
2014.03.25.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

Call for the expression of interest to select six model demonstrator regions for developing modern cluster strategies

The 'SMEs: Clusters and Emerging Industries' Unit at the European Commission’s Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General is inviting regional organisations to take advantage, free of charge, of advisory support services offered by the European Cluster Observatory in view of better capitalising on the cluster concept for the renewal of their industries and the promotion of entrepreneurship and SME growth. The aim is to assist regions in designing modern cluster policies to take maximum advantage of the transformative power of innovation towards shaping industrial value chains, sectors and emerging industries.
2014.03.25.I author: European Association of Development Agencies -

Open Innovation 2.0 - A New Paradigm

We highly recommend having a look at this short but very inspiring document by OISPG and Intel Labs Europe.
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