OECD Workshop on Partnerships for Development and Diffusion of Innovation


OECD Workshop on Partnerships for Development & Diffusion of Innovation



Jointly sponsored by the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry and the Autonomous Province of Trento, and organised in co-operation with the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development, and the OECD LEED Trento Centre for Local Development

31 January and 1 February 2008
Trento, Italy


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At the May 2007 Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level, the OECD member countries launched a new initiative to elaborate an Innovation Strategy. While the approach is still under development, it is likely that among other objectives the strategy will aim to:

  • Deliver analysis on the innovation performance of OECD countries,
  • Explain the variation in innovation performance across OECD countries, and
  • Elaborate a comprehensive and forward-looking policy strategy to strengthen innovation.

The Trento workshop focussed on partnerships (public-private and private-private) for the development and diffusion of innovation. A specific focus was devoted to drawing lessons from business and territorial case-studies, with a view to their general applicability for local innovation policies. The seminar considered, with a policy-oriented perspective, the interactions between innovation and social capital for local knowledge-based capacity development. 

The workshop included presentations from business practitioners, academics and government policy advisers with first-hand experience in relation to partnerships for innovation. Ample time was reserved for discussion and exchanges of views in order to explore the various dimensions of partnership. Through identification of the key aspects of partnership for innovation, the workshop aimed to contribute to the preparations for the proposed OECD Innovation Strategy work module on fostering non-technological innovation.

Agenda and presentations

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