Workshop "Industrial Innovation Dynamics: Challenging industrialization and development"

Date: 29 and 30 November 2012

Venue: IST, Lisbon, Civil Engineering Pavilion, 1st floor

Goals of the workshop

This workshop is intended to approach industrialization from complementary viewpoints in order to allow the development of a comprehensive perspective on this phenomenon, related risks, strategies, and tools to assess and monitor it.

The main goal of this workshop is to analyse existing strategies for industrialization in developing regions, as well as for mitigating emerging deindustrialization risks in many regions worldwide. The focus will be on the dynamics of managing knowledge to foster competitiveness and, ultimately, reducing socioeconomic vulnerability to local and global crises. The analysis will consider comparative studies at regional and country levels, including emerging pathways to innovate and expand manufacturing industries, mainly in Brazil and Southern Europe. In addition, sectorial analysis will include specific discussions about the Oil & Gas, Aeronautical and Agro-Food industries.

Deindustrialization risks and the geography of innovation

The role of "industry" as driver of competitiveness, and socioeconomic development and resilience is discussed in terms of the patterns of its geographical concentration and related deindustrialization risks at a world level. The discussion will be oriented towards identifying and understanding main variables that have influenced the current geographies of industry and knowledge, as well as the need to properly capture the complexities of current supply chains, their competitive profile and evolution, and their impact on socioeconomic resilience.

The analysis of specific case studies at country and regional levels will allow illustrating deindustrialization patterns and their causes in different geopolitical frameworks. The analysis will consider characteristics such as abundance of natural resources, qualifications levels and the adequacy of scientific and technological infrastructures. Selected regions of focus include Brazil and European regions.

Selected industrial sectors will also be discussed in what concerns the geography of supply chains and lead markets, as well as and their evolution throughout the years. Selected sectors include Aeronautics; Oil and Gas; and Agro-Food.

S&T strategies and policies for socioeconomic development and resilience

Innovation and competence building is paramount to foster industrialization strategies that promote development and socioeconomic resilience. In this context, the potential impact of the growing diffusion of scientific and technologic capacities across regions and countries will be discussed, as well as the increasing relevance of the internationalization of academic and scientific institutions, together with emerging paths to globalizing knowledge based economies and the need to foster forms of industrial entrepreneurship to build resilient enterprises.

Beyond the workshop: Governance framework for deindustrialization risks

Deindustrialization risks are slow-developing risks impacting economies and societies in their various dimensions. These risks are all but obvious since many have considered in the past deindustrialization as a sign of development. In this context, this workshop is aimed to launch a set of research tasks oriented towards the definition of a framework allowing to identify those risks, assess their potential impact and outline strategies for managing and communicating them.

Analysing industrialization patterns and technical dynamics requires methodologies able to encompass the complexities of the current global competitive framework. This requires considering technologies, markets, and firm relative positions in sectorial global value chains. The workshop will address these issues, by facilitating a discussion about tools and methods to set up an observatory for industrialization.


Thursday, 29 November
9h15: Coffee

Session 1: 9h30-11h00

Manuel Heitor (IN+/IST-UTL, PT), Coordination

Olav Wicken (Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture - Oslo, NO)
"Innovation and growth in resource-based economies. Towards a theory"

Discussion: Adriana Bin (Unicamp, BR), Miguel Amaral (IN+/IST-UTL, PT), Julio Pertuze (MIT/ESD, US)



Session 2: 11h30-13h00

Sérgio Salles Filho (Unicamp, BR)
"Incentives for knowledge production and diffusion: the case of ICTs and power networks in Brazil"

Allan Dahl Andersen (Technical University of Denmark, DK)
"Regulatory frameworks fostering innovation: the case of Brazil"

Discussion: Olav Wicken (Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture - Oslo, NO)



Session 3: 13h45-15h15

Aleksandar Jovanovic (EU-VRi, DE)
"Regulatory frameworks fostering innovation and the assessment of emerging risks by industry: an European perspective"

Sérgio Salles Filho (Unicamp, BR)
"A Case study: innovation in the Brazilian Aeronautics industry"

Discussion: João Pedro Taborda (Embraer)


Session 4: 15h45-17h30

Manuel Caldeira Cabral (Univ. Minho, PT)
"Technical change and markets: looking at the export capacity of Portuguese industry"

Round Table Discussion Olav Wicken (Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture - Oslo, NO)
Joana Mendonça (MEC - DG for Science and Technology Statistics, PT)
Miguel Amaral (IN+/IST-UTL, PT)
Miguel Preto (IN+/IST-UTL, PT)

Closure: 17h30

DAY 2:
Friday, 30 November
9h15: Coffee

Sessão 5 - 9h30-11h00

Manuel Heitor (IN+/IST-UTL, PT), Coordination

Paulo Ferrão (IN+/IST-UTL, PT)
"Industrial Ecology and patterns of development. Empirical Evidence"

Sérgio Salles Filho (Unicamp, BR)
"A Case study: research and innovation in the Brazilian agribusiness"

Adriana Bin (Unicamp, BR)
"A Case study: research and innovation in the Brazilian power energy sector"

Discussion: Julio Pertuze (MIT/ESD, US)



Sessão 6 – Analysis: 11h30-13h00

Allan Dahl Andersen (Technical University of Denmark, DK)
"A Case study: innovation in the Brazilian oil sector"

Olav Wicken (Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture - Oslo, NO)
"Innovation and growth in resource-based economies. Why some suffer from resource-curse effects?"


Lunch and Closure

Scientific Coordination

Manuel Heitor, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research (IN+/IST)


Francisco Cunha, International Risk Governance Council - Portugal


1. Manuel Heitor
2. Olav 1
3. Olav 2
3. Aleksandar Jovanovic
4. Adriana Bin