Diversities of Innovation: The Role of Government Policies for the Future Economic Basis of Societies

January 21, 2015

Innovation is often understood exclusively in the light of economy, but it is definitely the outcome of human labour and the relationship among individuals and groups. Some societies and governmental structures are clearly more successful than others: they perform divergently in innovation and employment and they refer to different opportunities of areas of research, new products and education. Thus, innovation fundamentally varies between countries – and public policies can be decided according to the societies’ demands (e.g. energy technology, environmental technologies, facing climate change, advancing conditions of life, life sciences). A comparison between countries and continents will help to develop a full picture of innovation and their social basis.

Ulrich Hilpert FAcSSThis is the aim of a workshop which is designed and organized by Prof. Ulrich Hilpert FAcSS (University of Jena) [Left]. Based on his wide networks in science and practice he brings together scholars from around he world and provides for a discussion with European business organization and labour unions. In addition there will be practitioners from Oxford.

On February 17 – 18 2015 a group of some 30 participants from 11 countries representing three continents will enjoy the hospitality and organizational support of Prof. Jonathan Michie FAcSS, President of Kellogg College, Oxford to share their thoughts and insights into this vital topic. The event is made possible by funding from the Hans-Böckler-Foundation, and is being held under the umbrella of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Topics to be discussed are as follows:

  • labour and labour markets
  • culture as a basis for divergent opportunities
  • continental division of modes of innovation
  • metropolitan industrial policy
  • regionalisation of Innovation
  • the perfect mix: innovative industries and the services required
  • the role of government for innovation
  • modes of innovation: science-based, technology-based and tradition based
  • knowledge for innovation: scientific knowledge and blue collar experience
  • science matters: Islands of Innovation
  • sectors, industries and history
  • education as a basis of innovation
  • governmental structures (federal vs. centralized) as an important issue of launching appropriate innovation

A report of the event will be published in due course, and a special issue of Contemporary Social Science on this theme, edited by Professor Jonathan Michie, is in preparation. (Click here for Call for Papers – T&F website)


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