Discussion organisée par L’université de Gothenburg et l’EAEPE ( European Association for Evolutionary Economics) du 3 novembre 2020

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GOT KIES : CENTRE DE GÖTEBORG POUR LES ÉCOSYSTÈMES INNOVANTS À FORTE INTENSITÉ DE CONNAISSANCES

L'innovation à l'intersection des forces publiques et privées : Existe-t-il des rôles distincts pour le marché et le gouvernement ?
 
Table ronde entre Mariana Mazzucato et Maureen McKelvey
Modérée par Nathalie Lazaric

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Are there distinct roles for market and government with regards to innovation? This question has been long debated, but new answers about their roles in promoting new knowledge, inventions and innovations are need in order to solve grand challenges facing society such as an aging population, personalized medicine, and environmental degradation. Innovation is required for economic growth and societal development but how to promote relevant knowledge and returns? On the one hand, when seen from the long-term perspective, innovation also almost always requires investment and actions by both public and private forces. On the other hand, when seen from the immediate perspective, business innovation is usually seen as reasonable returns to previous investments by firms. To tackle grand challenges, collaboration over innovations is core for societal progress. This panel discussion will provide new reflections over the core issue of innovation at the intersection of public and private forces.

Mariana Mazzucato is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public value at University College London (UCL) where she is founding director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP). She is author of the books The Entrepreneurial State (2013) and The Value of Everything (2018). Professor Mazzucato is often engaged as an international expert for policy intervention and active in promoting new views on science and innovation policy.

Maureen McKelvey is Professor in Industrial Management at University of Gothenburg, where she heads the GOT KIES network, associated with her Swedish Research Council’s Distinguished Professor Program on Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. She was awarded the 1994 ISS Schumpeter Prize for her work. Professor McKelvey has published extensively in journals, government reports, and books about the development and use of knowledge at the interplay between innovation management and entrepreneurship with science and engineering.

Nathalie Lazaric is Research Professor at Université Côte d’Azur, CNRS GREDEG in France and Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg. She is currently the President of the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) and one of the editors of journal Review of Evolutionary Political Economy. Professor Lazaric has published numerous articles, around on sustainability, ecosystems, and routines to expand our understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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A joint GOT KIES - EAEPE panel debate on Innovation at the Intersection of Public and Private Forces: Are there distinct roles for market and government? confronted the differing perspectives of Professor Mariana Mazzucato, UCL, London and Professor Maureen McKelvey, University of Gothenburg, leading the GOT KIES network. The panel debate was moderated by Professor Nathalie Lazaric, Université Côte d’Azur, CNRS GREDEG in France; Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg; and President of the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE).

Their debate focused upon key topics related to the role of market and government, and especially in relation to stimulating and regulating innovation and entrepreneurship to solve grand societal challenges. Although the question of whether or not there distinct roles for market and government with regards to innovation has been long debated, GOT KIES and EAEPE set up the panel because new answers are needed about how and why promoting new knowledge, inventions and innovations are need in order to solve grand challenges facing society such as an aging population, personalized medicine, and environmental degradation. This panel discussion stimulated discussion on similarities and differences in their reflections over the core issue of innovation at the intersection of public and private forces, with 70 participants all over Europe. We in Gothenburg are particularly pleased to collaborate with EAEPE, through our tight association with VPP Professor Lazaric. 

 

Two quotes from GOT KIES members elsewhere stress the value of this panel to our research communities: 

Dr. Pablo D’Este, INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), Spain 

“Attending the panel was extremely interesting because it has raised fundamental issues about alternative forms of governance to promote innovation. It also has led to reflect on forms of co-creation that integrate multiple voices to imagine new solutions for societal challenges. Many thanks to both panellists, Prof. M. Mazzucato and Prof. M. McKelvey, for such a great discussion.  I really look forward to participating in future GOT KIES events."

 

Dr. Anders Broström, KTH (INDEK), Stockholm 

"The debate offered thought-provoking views on the means and ends of the state in view of innovation. Mazzucato and McKelvey discussed what mandates that should be given to civil servants, and what types of innovation scholarship that is required to further our understanding of the interplay between the public and private sectors. Both professors advocated systemics perspectives, but presented differing views on how to best understand the role of private entrepreneurs in contemporary innovation."