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Disruptive innovation

INNO-Grips Workshop:
Disruptive Innovation – Implications for Competitiveness and Policy

24th January 2012, 09:30 – 16:45 hrs
Hotel Crowne Plaza Brussels “Le Palace”
Rue Gineste 3, 1210 Brussels, Belgium

Proceedings

  Workshop Summary (including list of participants)

Agenda

Chair: Simon Robinson, Director, empirica GmbH

09:00 – 09:30

Registration & welcome coffee

09:30

Welcome and introduction

Tomasz Jerzyniak, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry

09:45 – 10:45

‘Disruptive’ vs. ‘incremental’ innovation

This session introduces the theoretical foundations of the concept of disruptive innovation. Does it make sense to differentiate between incremental and disruptive innovation from a company and policy perspective? How exactly do these types of innovation differ?

Presentations / discussion:

  • Disruptive innovation – an introduction to the concept: theoretical foundations and issues for their practical application

    Hannes Selhofer, empirica GmbH

  • Discussant
    Thor Haugness, Infosector, Norway

 
  • Discussion
 

 

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30

Disruptive innovation in the automotive industry

This session discusses the main innovative trends in the automotive industry and their disruptive potential. For example: what do new concepts of e-mobility mean for the automotive industry? Which segments of the industry will be concerned by the identified trends? Are there any specific implications for Europe’s industry?

Presentations / discussion:

  • Disruptive innovation in the automotive industry

    René Arnold, Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Consult, Cologne

  • Case study: “Local Motors” – a new concept and its disruptive potential
    Allan Martel, Innovation Consultant, Ottawa

  • Discussion
 

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 – 14:30

Disruptive innovation in the chemical industry

This session discusses the main innovative trends in the chemical industry, including products and production processes / workflows, and their disruptive potential. Which segments of the industry will be concerned by the identified trends? Are there any specific implications for Europe’s industry?

Presentations / discussion:

  • Disruptive innovation in the chemical industry: main  innovation trends and their impacts for different segments

    Hannes Selhofer, empirica GmbH

  • A practitioner’s view on innovation processes in the chemical industry: focal points for managers – and policy

    Professor Michael Dröscher, Cluster Manager CHEMIE.NRW, Vice President of the German Chemical Society

  • Discussion
 

14:30 – 15:30

Disruptive innovation in service sectors

This session discusses the disruptive potential of innovation in two service sectors (tourism and transport & logistics) and possible implications for policy.

Presentations / discussion:

  • Disruptive innovation trends in tourism

    Dr. Markus Lassnig, Competence Field eTourism - InnovationLab at Salzburg Research GmbH
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  • Disruptive innovation trends in transport and logistics
    Dr. Pietro Evangelista, IRAT-CNR and University of Naples Federico II
      Download [572 KB] 

  • Discussion
 

15:30

Coffee break

15:45 – 16:30

Conclusions for innovation policy

This session focuses on the implications of the potentially disruptive trends identified in the various sectors for innovation policy design. To start the debate, the study team will present a set of preliminary recommendations. Participants are invited to comment on those and suggest further implications or action points which they consider important. The recommendations will be reflected in the final policy brief.

Presentations / discussion:

  • Implications of disruptive innovation for European innovation policy – preliminary conclusions and recommendations

    Simon Robinson, empirica GmbH
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  • Roundtable discussion
 
  • Concluding remarks and outlook
    Tomasz Jerzyniak, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry