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CENTRE FOR INNOVATION, RESEARCH AND COMPETENCE IN THE LEARNING ECONOMY——Professor Charles Edquist
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CENTRE FOR INNOVATION, RESEARCH AND COMPETENCE IN THE LEARNING ECONOMY

Professor Charles Edquist

 

 

Abstract:

 

 

Innovation Research and Professor at Lund University in Sweden?

 

When I returned to Lund University about nine years ago, I was in a group that started a new innovation research hub called the Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE). Another four professors at Lund University had an interest in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship, so we put together an application for funding. CIRCLE started in 2004, and I was asked to be the first Director. Now, it is the second largest innovation research institute in Europe, made up of 55 people conducting research in the field of innovation studies. The establishment and development of CIRCLE has gone extremely well. We are, for example, bigger than the Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at Sussex University, UK; which was our role model when we started. The only centre that is bigger in Europe is the Maastricht Economic and social Research and training centre on Innovation and Technology (MERIT) in The Netherlands.

I was Director for seven years but resigned quite recently because I wanted to conduct more research. Now I get the chance to spend a lot more time conducting studies and travelling, for example, to Shanghai.

 

 

 

What is innovation research and, more specifically, what are you working on within this field?

 

Innovation research focuses on innovation processes. We don’t do innovation, we do innovation research, conducting studies about innovation processes and how they develop in private organisations, like firms; which are, of course, the most important innovation engines. We also look at how private organisations interact with public administrations. This falls into the remit of innovation policy and is what I am working on right now. At the Pujiang Innovation Forum, I spoke about the design of innovation policy and I am writing a book on this subject with a colleague from the Copenhagen Business School, Professor Susana Borrás, called Foundations of Innovation

Policy, which will come out this year.

 

 

 

 

 

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(Sources from: Research Media, < PUJIANG INNOVATION FORUMDevelopment and the Role of Enterprises >)