W5 – Innovation, Entrepreneurship and ICT Policy
Session 1: New perspectives on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Regional Economic Systems (June 23 – afternoon)
Innovation and entrepreneurship are increasingly seen as the key elements of growth and prosperity in a region. The most dynamic region in the world today, Silicon Valley, was propelled forward mainly by new technology and the creation of startups — Intel, Apple, Sun, and Google, to name just a few. As a result, businesses in all sectors of activity put the sustained ability to innovate and to foster entrepreneurial behavior among their top priorities and concerns. This workshop seeks to present some the main elements and current thinking on the creation and maintenance of sustained innovation in existing firms and through the establishment of new entrepreneurial ventures. Issues covered include how to use innovation to respond to the current global competitive environment, in particular through user and open innovation processes; what are the impetuses for the formation of new entrepreneurial ventures; and what are critical drivers of innovative and entrepreneurial success, focusing on financial structure and human capital. Throughout the session will be presented concepts, metrics, methods and cases.
Session 2: Challenges and Opportunities for Telecom Segmented Regulation (June 24 – afternoon)
Next Generation Networks (NGNs) promise to deliver triple-play directly to end-users through high-bandwidth connections in the last mile. Designing, provisioning, operating and managing such new infrastructures requires both a large amount of capital, most likely to invest in deep fiber-based solutions, as well as the appropriate skill-set and competences, both technical and business, for upgrading current service offerings. The regulatory context under which such investments develop has a significant bearing on the attractiveness and promptness of carriers to deploy new networks to deliver new information-based services. It has been suggested that no single regulatory framework is correct under all circumstances. Rather, National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) must identify specific geographic sub-regions within each country and the appropriate regime in each region. Thus, dense urban regions may be expected to support multiple facilities-based NGNs, whereas the most rural regions will struggle to attract NGN investment by even one provider. We provide a preliminary analysis of this problem and discuss ways in which it can be addressed for the particular case of Portugal.
| Francisco Veloso is an Associate Professor in
the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He also has an appointment with the Business School at Universidade Catolica Portuguesa in Lisbon. Francisco’s scholarly work focuses on how firms and regions develop and leverage scientific and technical capabilities for economic growth. He has published in journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Operation Management, or Research Policy and worked with a variety of international firms and organizations, including McKinsey & Co., Alcoa Inc., the Asian Development Bank, or The Mexican and Portuguese Science and Technology Foundations. Francisco has won several awards, including the Stan Hardy award for the outstanding paper published in the field of Operations Management in 2008 and the Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Fellow for 2008-20010. Francisco has a PhD in Technology, Management and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Technology Management from ISEG and a Diploma in Physics Engineering from IST, both part of the Technical University of Lisbon.
| Pedro Ferreira is an Assistant Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal and a Visiting Professor at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). His research interests relate to segmented regulation for NGN deployment, universal service policy and spectrum markets. Pedro teaches regularly at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (UK) and at the Portuguese Catholic University, in Lisbon. He is affiliated with the Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, in Lisbon. He served as advisor for information society issues for the Secretary of State for S&T of the Government of Portugal and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Portuguese Knowledge Society Agency, Ministry for S&T. He worked as a Post Doctoral Fellow at the School of Information Management and Systems, UC Berkeley, and at the MIT Program on Internet and Telecoms Convergence, as a Research Assistant. Pedro holds a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) from CMU and a dual MSc in Technology Policy and EECS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
| Marvin Sirbu received B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering (1966) and Mathematics (1967), an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering (1968) and an Sc.D. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Economics (1973) all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Sirbu remained at MIT as a Research Associate in the Center for Policy Alternatives before joining the faculty of MIT’s Sloan School of Management. While at MIT he directed its Research Program in Communications Policy. In 1985 he moved
to Carnegie Mellon University with a joint appointment in Engineering and Public Policy, the Tepper School of Business, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 1989 He founded CMU’s Information Networking Institute which engages in interdisciplinary research and education at the intersection of telecommunications, computing, business and policy studies.
| Rui Baptista is Associate Professor of Strategy and Organizations at the Department of Engineering Management of Instituto Superior Técnico and Senior Research Fellow of the Max Planck Institute of Economics (Jena, Germany) since March 2004. He is also Coordinator of the Laboratory of Technology Policy and Management of Technology, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, IN+, since February 2005. Baptista’s research and teaching focus mainly on the subjects of entrepreneurship, technological innovation, firm and labor mobility, and their relationship with economic growth and regional development. He is also interested in the relationship between cultural values, governance, economic regulation and political economy. He holds a Licenciatura in Economics from the Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon and a Ph.D. in Economics from the London Business School at the University of London.