Science, technology and innovation policy

OECD Business Symposium on Open Innovation in Global Networks, Copenhagen, 25-26 February 2008


Organised in co-operation with the Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority.


This international symposium examined trends in global networks for innovation in firms as well as implications for policy making.  It was organised under the auspices of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP), a subsidiary of the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP).

Today, open innovation and globalisation are fast redefining the way businesses develop and source knowledge to innovate. But how are companies doing this in practice?  Which sectors are more active in exploiting “open innovation” business models? How do companies implement open innovation across global value chains? What are the implications for public policies to support R&D and innovation?

The Business Symposium brought together business representatives, professionals from the public research sector and policy makers to discuss the findings of a two-year OECD project on Globalisation and Open Innovation. Keynote speakers from the business and research communities including CTOs and senior managers highlighted the value added of open innovation for companies but also for public research organizations, identified best practices for implementing open innovation strategies in a global context and discussed the implications for (national) innovation policies. The presentations were based on 59 company case studies that have been undertaken across 12 OECD countries.  

For further information please contact Koen De Backer and Mario Cervantes.


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