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Globalisation and New Collaborative Working Environments (SMART 2006-0045), Tender Specifications, Part 1: Technical description, Part 2: Administrative details

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Abstract

Globalisation is acting as a driver for constant increases in international off shoring of research and development activities, thereby affecting the way companies are operating. The globalisation of R&D is a multi-faceted process that can be measured in terms of scientific collaboration, joint ventures, flows of R&D investments, Intellectual Property Rights, flows of human capital, trade in R&D-intensive products and services. All these measures show that globalisation of R&D is steadily increasing.
Recent surveys are showing that China, India and Brazil are now, respectively, the first, third and sixth choice destinations for increased R&D investments. However the effects of globalisation are not confined to R&D but apply equally to the approach which companies choose for becoming and staying competitive. Finding the correct responses to globalisation would benefit Europe because today, even for small companies, the home market is becoming the whole world.
Globalisation is not an option today, but a reality, and this means that Europe has to be a strong partner and player on the international scene, and globalisation should be viewed as an opportunity and not as a threat. It offers wide opportunities for those who are able to respond quickly and with the right technology and skills, but threatens those who adjust slowly and possess only obsolete technology and skills.
User-friendly ICT collaboration tools combined with remote management techniques offer new prospects for borderless co-operation between corporations and skilled knowledge workers operating at a global level around the world. If managed well, new ICT human-centric collaborative working environments can reverse out-sourcing of R&D and create higher productivity with more employment and growth for Europe.
Annexes:
Annex I: Administrative Identification Form
Annex II: Financial Identification Form
Annex III: Exclusion Criteria & Non Conflict of Interest Form

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Record Number: 7425 / Last updated on: 2006-06-06
Category: SUPP
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