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Trans-regional Technology Transfer (TTT) is a crucial but up to now only partly developed instrument for a competitive and innovative ERA. The market for technology and the way technology transfer is done are far from perfect. Insufficient innovation causes a low growth rate for the European Union. Furthermore, fundamental changes are emerging in the way we manage innovation. There is a real need for a future-oriented development of regional innovation policies that will result in a better functioning of TTT.
Regions must work together in order to stimulate higher growth with more and better qualified jobs. However, efficient co-ordination of regional innovation policies, involvement of stakeholders (including consumers), enhancement of innovation networks and hence improved regional co-operation are needed to build future-oriented and competitive regions.
A trans-regional foresight process is needed in order to better understand the upcoming challenges and to develop ideas and concepts on how to manage innovation in the future. The motivation, objectives, framework conditions, design, implementation, monitoring and follow-up of a trans-regional Foresight process are outlined in this blueprint. The purpose of this blueprint is to give a concrete picture of a foresight-process, and to highlight some of the important - generic - questions to be dealt with, when undertaking a foresight process.
The blueprint should be especially valuable for experts with a background in technology transfer, regional innovation systems and trans-regional co-operation, including leaders from companies, research institutes and intermediary technology-transfer institutions, and especially for regional authorities. It provides a new understanding of the context of TTT, as well as a process for how to design new models of TTT.

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Authors: BANTHIEN H, Institute for Organizational Communication, Berlin (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21257 EN (2004), 45 pp. Free of charge
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-21257-EN-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32 2 295 8220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-8270-2
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