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Science, technology and innovation policy

Workshop on Changing Strategies for Business R&D, Paris (France)

 

This workshop is co-sponsored by the OECD and the European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA) in collaboration with the French Ministry of Research.

8:00-9:00 REGISTRATION

9:00-9:20 WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

  • John Barber, Workshop chair
  • Jacques Serris, Deputy Director of Technology, French Ministry of Research
  • Takayuki Matsuo , Director for Science, Technology, and Industry, OECD


9:20-10:00 SESSION 1:
AN OVERVIEW OF KEY TRENDS IN BUSINESS R&D

This session will provide a brief introduction to the issues to be explored in the workshop. In addition to establishing a common framework for subsequent discussions, speakers will review key trends in business strategies for managing and investing in R&D and will highlight particular issues of interest to the science and technology policy community.


10:00-11:30 SESSION 2:
TOWARD A NEW MODEL OF BUSINESS R&D

This session will focus on the reorganisation of R&D within firms. It will present different approaches being taken to enhance the contribution of internal R&D activities to firms' business strategies. Topics to be discussed include: drivers of recent increases in business funding of R&D and likely trends for the future; changes in the balance between near-term needs of product divisions and longer-term technology development programs (and/or between basic and applied research); and shifts in the scope of R&D activities and the fields of science and technology that receive attention within the business sector.

General discussion and interventions from the floor.

11:30-11:45 BREAK

11:45-1:15 SESSION 3:
NETWORKS OF KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND ACQUISITION

This session will highlight trends in the external sourcing of scientific and technological knowledge. It will consider the roles of university-based research and new technology-based firms in the R&D strategies of large firms. It will identify different mechanisms that firms are using to acquire complementary R&D capabilities, such as contracting, outsourcing, licensing, corporate venture capital investments, mergers & acquisitions, and strategic alliances. It will examine how these activities complement the internal R&D activities of large firms and their implications for the division of labour in business R&D.

General discussion and interventions from the floor

1:15-2:45 LUNCH

2:45-3:00 AFTERNOON KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Jeanne Seyvet, Director General of Industry and Information Technology, French Ministry of Industry

3:00-4:15 SESSION 4:
GLOBALISATION OF BUSINESS R&D

This session will examine trends toward increased globalisation of business R&D. Discussions will focus on the motivations for firms to establish R&D facilities in foreign countries, the barriers they face in doing so, and the effects of such globalisation upon international transfers of technology. The discussion will also consider the relationship between globalisation of R&D and international financing of innovation (e.g., venture capital funding).

  • Kazuya Matsumoto , President & Managing Director, Canon Research Centre France S.A., and Chief of Advanced Technology Business Unit, Canon Europe Ltd.
  • Klaus Mayer , Director of Marketing Development, AVL List GmbH

General discussion and interventions from the floor.

4:15-4:30 BREAK

4:30-5:40 SESSION 5:
STRENGTHENING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY

This session will explore ways in which government policy can adapt to changing business R&D strategies to more effectively support innovation. It will serve as an opportunity for exchange of views between business executives and government officials upon the relative effectiveness of different instruments of science and technology policy (e.g., tax incentive, public private partnerships, public R&D funding) in stimulating industrial innovation and on the barriers that exist to successful collaborations between business and government. It will also provide a forum for discussing other innovation-oriented policies, such as programmes to support R&D in small business and licensing of public research.

General discussion and interventions from the floor.

5:40-6:15 CONCLUDING SESSION

General discussion and interventions from the floor.

Closing remarks from the Chair.

6:15-7:15 COCKTAIL RECEPTION

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