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The Swedish daily economic newspaper Dagens Industri published, on January 27, a debate article entitled ”This is the way procurement can be improved” (in Swedish). It is focusing upon ‘functional’ or ‘problem-based’ public procurement. One of the key sentences is: “To enhance innovations it is, paradoxically, more important to talk about functional procurement than about … Continue reading

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The Swedish Government is in the process of formulating a National Strategy for Public Procurement, where procurement that enhances innovations will be an important part. Innovation-related public procurement has been discussed at two of the four meetings of the Swedish National Innovation Council during 2015. The work with the national strategy is coordinated by the … Continue reading

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On November 19, Charles participated in the first meeting with the new Council for Strategic Public Procurement of the Skåne Region administration, in which he is now a member. The volume of procurement of the Skåne Region is about 600 million euros annually. The Council addresses issues of public procurement related to innovations, the environment … Continue reading

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In Seville, last October 1 – 2, 2015, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission organized the 5th European Conference on Corporate R&D and Innovation (CONCORDI 2015). Charles Edquist is a member of the Scientific Committee of the conference and participated in Seville with a presentation entitled “Public Risk Capital Funding: Additionality vs. Duplication” … Continue reading

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The 13th Globelics International Conference took place in Havana, Cuba last September 23-25, 2015. There, Charles presented a paper entitled “Demand-oriented Innovation Policy: Innovation-related Public Procurement to Solve Societal Problems and Satisfy Human Needs”. A marginally different version of the paper can be downloaded here. Continue reading

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Charles presented the CIRCLE Working Paper 2015/27 entitled “The Innovation Union Scoreboard is Flawed: The case of Sweden – not the innovation leader of the EU – updated version”, at a seminar at the European Commission on September 15, 2015. A discussion transpired after the seminar on the use of indicators in assessing the performance … Continue reading