Non-technical Innovations - Definition, Measurement & Policy Implications (Karlsruhe, 2008)

Non-technical Innovations - Definition, Measurement & Policy Implications
Karlsruhe, 16-17 October 2007

The current understanding of innovation is mainly linked to technical product and process innovations. However, many studies show that not only development and absorption of new technologies are important for economic success, but also the implementation of new organisational structures or processes or the development and application of new service concepts.

Existing innovation measurement instruments, however, have only strated to integrate the non-technical side of innovation. Depsite some efforts, research into and knowledge about non-technical innovations are still at an early stage. There is a need to increase common undertsnading and to further harmonise the definition and measurements regarding non-technical innovations. Furthermore, it is important for research and innovation policy to understand the impact of organisational and service innovations on performance outcomes, as well as their interaction with technical innovations.

The workshop aims to achieve a better understanding of non-technical innovations by discussing appropriate measurement concepts and analysing their relevance for the performance outcomesof firms and whole economies, in order to derive implications for innovation policy and research.

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Introduction, Steffen Kinkel, Fraunhofer ISI, Germany

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'Non-technical innovation and the high-tech strategy for Germany', Hariolf Grupp, University of Karlsruhe and Fraunhofer ISI, Germany

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'Presentation by chair Edward Lorenz, GREDEG, CNRS, France'

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'Defining and measuring non-technical innovation: Oslo Manual and lessons learnt from innovation surveys', Alessandra Colecchia, OECD Paris, France

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'Measuring organisational innovation - Concepts, indicators and outcome', Eva Kirner, Fraunhofer ISI, Germany

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'Measuring the immeasurable? About the relationship between (social) innovation and corporate performance (or vice versa)', Geert van Hootegem, University of Leuven, Belgium

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'Flexibility, teamworking and performance: The nature and impact of organisational innovation', Steven Procter, Newcastle University, UK

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'Alignment of technological and organisational innovativeness in the manufacturing industry', Paul Ligthart, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands

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'The new service economy: Growth and implications for service innovation', Luis Rubalcaba, University of Alcala de Henares, Spain

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'Measuring services innovation: Service Sector Innovation Index', Hugo Hollanders, Maastricht University, Netherlands

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'R&D and non-technical innovation in services: A re-evaluation', Jeremy Howells, University of Manchester, UK

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'Service innovation: do we know it when we see it?', Ina Drejer, Innovation and Research, Regional Development Central Denmark Region, Denmark

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'The employment impact of technological and organisational innovation in services: A firm level analysis', Rinaldo Evangelista, University of Camerino and Antonio Vezzani, University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

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'Real life challenges - Service innovation in manufacturing', Tim Baines and Howard Lightfoot, Cranfield University, UK

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'Service innovation, embeddedness and business performance: Evidence from Northern Ireland', Stephen Roper, University of Warwick and Jim Love, Aston University, UK

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'Non-technological innovation in EUinnovation policies', Keith Sequeira and Mette Quinn, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

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'Developing new policies to boost services innovation in Ireland', Andrew Stockman, Forfas, Ireland

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'Enabling demand-led support for non-technical innovation', Stephen Roper, University of Warwick, UK

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