Seminars and Workshops Seminars and Workshops

Fifth IRIMA workshop on Top R&D investors: Productivity gains and technological profiles

Brussels, 11 June 2015

The workshop aimed at

i) enhancing the understanding of the link between R&D investments and productivity at firm level;

ii) obtaining feed-back on the ongoing attempt to better define the location decision of Scoreboard companies by analysing the innovation and technological profiles of EU regions;

iii) discuss with policy makers, industry representatives and experts the elaboration of a policy relevant research agenda for the continuation of the IRIMA activities in 2016-2017.

The workshop was organised in two thematic sessions and a final roundtable. In each of the two sessions, the main topic was introduced by a high-profile academic expert, followed by a presentation of results obtained in the context of the IRIMA project and a discussion with participants. The final roundtable was devoted to discuss future policy relevant research agendas for IRIMA.

Fourth IRIMA workshop on Leading R&D investors and the European manufacturing industry

Brussels, 29 January 2015

The workshop has been set against the background of the 2014 edition of the Industrial R&D Scoreboard which analyses the R&D investment of 2500 leading companies around the world, who collectively account for around 90% of world business R&D. This year's edition shows that R&D investments by companies in the EU grew by 2.6% in 2013 despite the unfavourable economic circumstances, but that this increase is much lower than in other world regions, notably in high-tech sectors.

This workshop contributed to a better understanding of companies' practices and strategies in the domain of R&D while providing feedback from industrial representatives and policy-makers on the usefulness and relevance of experts' research questions and results around the IRIMA project. It also contributed to the identification of key issues where further research and analysis to broaden the evidence-base is needed in order to support needs of practitioners (companies) and policy makers.

Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Enterprise Dynamics

Paris, 08-09 December 2014

Entrepreneurship, innovation and enterprise dynamics are at the core of technology development and growth. Comparative evidence on key drivers, patterns and trends, as well as framework conditions, and the way these shape entrepreneurship, innovation and enterprise dynamics is critical for the design of effective policies in support of employment and inclusive economic growth.

The OECD Working Party on Industry Analysis (WPIA) is promoting the use of comparative firm-level evidence fo policy making and has organised this conference in collaboration with the European Commission Joint Research Centre 'Institute for Prospective Technological Studies' (JRC-IPTS), Small Business Economics (SBE) and the Journal of Technology Transfer (JTT) to gather comparative cross-country evidence about:

  • New business venture formation
  • The role of framework conditions in fostering entreprenurial activities
  • The determinants and outcomes of firms' innovative activities
  • Business and innovation dynamics
  • Resource reallocation and growth
  • Determinants and patterns of post-entry firm growth performance



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Third IRIMA workshop on the Internationalisation of Corporate R&D and Innovation

Brussels, 05 June 2014

Corporate R&D and innovation activities have become increasingly integrated in global production and innovation networks. While the internationalisation of corporate R&D and innovation is not new, its speed and extent have increased in recent years in response to increased global competition, technological change, and the availability and costs of skills.The increasing internationalisation of corporate R&D and innovation has implications for future economic growth and European Union's research and innovation. Innovative enterprises integrated in global production and innovation networks are likely to drive the European innovation-based growth in the next decade.

This workshop discussed recent evidence on the internationalisation of corporate R&D and innovation and its impact on productivity. The agenda included two sessions to discuss key research finding from projects undertaken by the IRIMA research team and invited external experts. The workshop concluded with a policy panel discussion on the implications of the internationalisation of corporate R&D and innovation for enterprise and innovation policies. 

Second IRIMA workshop on Industrial Research and Innovation Monitoring and Analysis: Counting (and accounting) R&D and non-R&D intangibles, drivers of firm's innovation and growth

Brussels, 10 December 2013

In this second IRIMA Workshop the aim was to discuss the policy implications of new evidence obtained by the project on the role that R&D and non-R&D intangible assets (e.g. training, design, branding and reputation) have for companies' innovation and growth in Europe. In particular, it focused on what accounting data at company level can actually reveal on the role of intangibles assets - both at the micro and at the macro level - and on what they miss-reveal or simply are not able to disclose. The informative and policy role of other kinds of (non-accounting) statistical sources - like dedicated surveys on firms' intangible investments – was also central to the workshop.

The workshop, titled "Counting (and accounting) R&D and non-R&D intangibles, drivers of firm's innovation and growth", was organised in two sessions: the first one was dedicated to the discussion of recent evidence on companies' R&D investments and the second one to the analysis of companies' investments on the broader set of intangibles assets which drive firm's innovative activities.

First IRIMA workshop on Industrial Research and Innovation Monitoring and Analysis

Brussels, 04 December 2012

The objective of the first IRIMA workshop, that took place in Brussels on 4th December 2012, was to discuss with policy makers and industry representatives how the new phase of the Industrial Research and Innovation Monitoring and Analysis project could best address their information needs. To serve this purpose, the following kind of questions were addressed: Is the project addressing the right policy questions? Which are the main information black-spots that the project could address? A short discussion paper was circulated in advance in order to frame the debate.

The workshop was structured around two main topics related to industrial research and innovation and its impact on the competitiveness of the European economy.

  • Session 1: High-growth innovative companies in Europe: What do we know about them? How to increase their number?
  • Session 2: Globalisation and R&D localisation: How to attract R&D investments in Europe? What is the link between R&D and manufacturing activities?

IPTS Steering Workshop on Industrial Research and Innovation

Seville, 14-15 June 2012

The main aim of the Workshop was to present and discuss, with a group of selected experts in the field, the research activities that the IPTS group working on "Industrial Research and Innovation" (IRI) is planning to carry out in the course of 2012 and 2013 in the context of the Industrial Research and Innovation Monitoring and Analysis project (IRIMA). This is a project implemented in cooperation with the Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD).

For this purpose, the IRI team presented its research plans (including relevant policy and research questions, data sources and methodologies) and sought feed-back from the group on each of the three topics agreed with DG RTD for the next two years, namely:


  • Topic 1: Business R&D and innovation investments and firm's economic performance.
  • Topic 2: The role of intangibles (beyond R&D investments) in the innovative performance of firms.
  • Topic 3: Technological profile and innovation patterns of European top R&D investors.


Workshop on the Dynamics of EU industrial structure and the growth of innovative firms

Brussels, 18 November 2010

Increasing the share of fast-growing innovative companies in the economy will become a key indicator to measure the success of the recently adopted Innovation Union, the new European research and innovation agenda. As a matter of fact, evidence from the analysis of top corporate R&D investors in the world suggests that differences in the rates of formation and growth of companies in high R&D intensity sectors may be a major cause of EU's R&D intensity gap with the US.

This workshop, held on the 18th November 2010 in Brussels, represented an opportunity for the decision-makers, researchers and analysts to take stock of relevant knowledge and evidence available on the dynamics of the EU industrial structure and the growth of innovative firms, to share on-going and future research agendas and analysis, and to discuss how to best support future policy initiatives aiming at a smarter, greener and more inclusive European economy. The workshop also helped to pave the way for the next CONCORD conference, to be held in the second half 2011.