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The strategic role of knowledge - intensive services for the transmission and application of technical and management innovation

Objective

This thematic network will bring together organisations from nine member states of the EU to undertake a collaborative exchange of understanding about the contribution of knowledge-intensive service consultancies to the commercial competitiveness and growth of client organizations in different sectors, types and sizes of firm, and core and peripheral regions. A series of interim reports, arising from each work package, will examine the application of this understanding to economic policy, especially as applied to the promotion of technical and organisational innovation.

In targeting areas of policy, it will address:

1) The impact of the international integration of European service markets on the availability of consultancy expertise to clients in different parts of the Union.
2) The diversity of national experience, including the significance for consultancy activities of variable regulatory and corporate regimes, patterns of business organisation, including the corporate use of in-house expertise and the position of SMEs, and prevailing patterns of consultancy supply.
3) The degree and patterns of regional inequality in consultancy provision and use, their causes, and their significance for public agencies wishing to enhance regional technical and organizational innovation and competitiveness.

The outcome of the thematic network will be a policy-orientated analysis of best practice in the employment of consultancy skills to support technical and organisational innovation, taking account of the needs of various sectors, large and small-medium enterprises, and the work of public agencies in different nations and regions. Where appropriate, proposals will also be made for further research into the changing corporate context of technological and managerial innovation involving growing consultancy inputs.

The work programme of the network over 18 months will consist of five sequential work packages, each focused around a workshop. Four (work packages 1-3; 5) will be based on international meetings among the participants (Month 2, 5, 9,17), and one (work package 4) will take place simultaneously in each participating country (Month 13).

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
Address
Bedford Way 26
WC1H 0AP London
United Kingdom

Participants (8)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
2,Rue Des Canonniers 2
59800 Lille
Geoideia - Estudos de Organizaçao do Territorio
Portugal
Address
3/1,Largo Vitorino Damasio 3/1
1200 Lisboa
ITER SRL - CENTRE RICERCHE E SERVIZI
Italy
Address
Via Ascensione 5
80121 Napoli
Universidad de Alcalá de Henares
Spain
Address
2,Plaza De Victoria 2
28802 Madrid
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Netherlands
Address
11,Roetersstraat
1018 WB Amsterdam
University of the Aegean
Greece
Address
17,Karantoni Street 17
81100 Mytilini
Universität Stuttgart
Germany
Address
12,Azenbergstraße 12
70174 Stuttgart
Université Catholique de Louvain
Belgium
Address
1/14,Place Montesquieu 1/14
1348 Louvain-la-neuve