The role of new technologies and innovation adoption has become critical to the future of socio-economic development throughout the world. Public wealth, individual income, health issues, transportation, energy or new materials are examples of the overarching impact of scientific research, the development of new technologies and its application concerning new products. As such, public policy fostering such processes have become fundamentally important:
- they facilitate knowledge based processes and associated industrial development.
- they allow national or regional strengths to match or compete with other geographic regions.
- they can affect, and in turn, be influenced by various aspects of innovation (technology innovation, policy innovation, manufacturing innovation, etc.)
While policy can facilitate successful collaboration, nevertheless, only those can participate who will be ready to contribute. The innovative competence in question needs to be in demand, and these are widely built on public research, and technology policy as well as on associated regulations, skills, education, and partnerships. More broadly, this reflects a global environment where there are participants and non-participants in such processes. For instance, not all countries/regions have the capability to build such research institutions and modern industries along with an appropriate labor force in an ever changing world of innovation. Here the boundaries can be thought of as between highly competitive regions (which compete with similar regions) and with such regions in developing areas, that have ambitions to compete. The proposed roundtable is designed to identify and discuss such policy driven processes as well as to explore the participation of various institutional and industrial actors in innovation-focused problem solving. It also reaches out to different cultural orientations and whether these match with the underlying rationality of such processes.