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“Functional procurement for innovation, welfare, and the environment” now published in Science and Public Policy
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“Functional procurement for innovation, welfare, and the environment” now published in Science and Public Policy

The earlier CIRCLE Discussion Paper entitled “Functional procurement for innovation, welfare, and the environment” (see below) written with Jon Mikel Zabala-Iturriagagoitia was published in Science and Public Policy in December 2020. The abstract of the paper reads as follows: Public procurement accounts for a very large share of most economies worldwide. This article argues that … Continue reading

Charles at the Third Ibero-American Forum on Public Procurement and Open Innovation
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Charles at the Third Ibero-American Forum on Public Procurement and Open Innovation

Charles presented the inaugural lecture at the Third Ibero-American Forum on Public Procurement and Open Innovation on December 2 – 3 2020, held in Madrid. The forum was organized by Teresa Riesgo, the Secretary of State for Innovation in the Spanish government. The title of the presentation was “Functional Procurement for Innovation, Welfare and the … Continue reading

CIRCLE discussion paper: “Towards a Holistic User Innovation Policy”
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CIRCLE discussion paper: “Towards a Holistic User Innovation Policy”

In November 2020 a CIRCLE discussion paper written with Lars Bengtsson was published. It was entitled “Towards a Holistic User Innovation Policy”. (User innovations are Innovations performed by individuals in households that expect to benefit from pursuing innovations via their own use of them.) This paper aims to synthesize previous user innovation policy proposals into … Continue reading

Charles presenting at the YSI Plenary
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Charles presenting at the YSI Plenary

On November 13, 2020 Charles participated in an online Discussion Panel Roundtable devoted to “The Future of Industrial and Innovation Policies” organized by the Economics of Innovation Working Group of the Young Scholars Initiative (YSI). The presentation topic was “Holistic Innovation Policy: Theoretical Foundations, Policy Problems and Instrumental Choices”. The program of the YSI Virtual … Continue reading

Presentation on holistic innovation policy in Slovenia
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Presentation on holistic innovation policy in Slovenia

On October 29, 2020 “The Slovenian Innovation Hub” organized a Conference on the Slovenian innovation system, in Ljubljana. The Key-note presented by Charles was entitled “The Role of an Holistic Innovation Policy for the Development of an Efficient Innovation System”. Under that title, he also addressed the role of the Swedish National Innovation Council as … Continue reading

Keynote lecture at The World Economy Research Institute at the Warsaw School of Economics
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Keynote lecture at The World Economy Research Institute at the Warsaw School of Economics

Charles gave a keynote lecture at the World Economy Research Institute’s 14th Annual Conference “Fostering Innovation and Competitiveness” at the Warsaw School of Economics on October 16, 2020. The title of the lecture was “Enhancing Innovation Through Holistic Innovation Policy”. The lecture was based on the following publications (which can all be downloaded using the … Continue reading

Interview with Charles on the consequences for creativity, innovations, quality of public services and competition – if using functional specifications in public procurement.
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Interview with Charles on the consequences for creativity, innovations, quality of public services and competition – if using functional specifications in public procurement.

In the interview, Charles points to the dynamic effects if functional specifications are used: problems to be solved shall be described – not specific products. Since functional procurement can influence the direction of innovation processes, this can substantially contribute to a transformative change of the innovation system by means of new innovation trajectories, for example … Continue reading