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

Presentation for Montevideo on innovation policy
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Presentation for Montevideo on innovation policy

In Uruguay there are discussions going on about how to organize the work with the design and implementation of policies for science, technology, and innovation. In this context, Charles was invited by CONICYT (National Council on Innovation, Science and Technology) to give a presentation entitled “Which is the optimal organizational architecture for design of innovation … Continue reading

Discussion of Functional Procurement at the local level: the municipality of Lund (where Lund University is located)
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Discussion of Functional Procurement at the local level: the municipality of Lund (where Lund University is located)

The public procurement of goods and services in the world is 1.7 trillion US dollars – each year. A (small) part of this is functional procurement. In ‘product procurement’ the public buyer describes the products that he wants to buy – which is a serious obstacle to innovations. In ‘functional procurement’ the buyer describes the … Continue reading

“Functional procurement for innovation, welfare and the environment” accepted for publication in Science and Policy
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“Functional procurement for innovation, welfare and the environment” accepted for publication in Science and Policy

The discussion paper by Jon Mikel Zabala-Iturriagagoitia and me has now been accepted for publication in Science and Public Policy. Public procurement accounts for a very large share of most economies worldwide. It represents more than 15% of global GDP, which is many times larger than the world expenditures on research and development. Besides its … Continue reading