RD4i Project News #3 December 2009

Leading article | R+D+4i Project goes forward

Author: Joan Amorós - General director of the R+D+4i Project

FERRMED ASBL has presented, on October 27th, in the Brussels based European Economic and Social Committee, the General Content, Conclusions and Recommendations of the “Supply and Demand, Technical, Socio-economic and Environmental Global Study of the FERRMED Great Axis Network and its area of influence”. Representatives of the Belgian Federal Government, The European Commission Directorate General for Transport and Energy (DG TREN), and the Chairperson of the European Economic and social Committee chaired the event.

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Opinion pieces | RESEARCH REPORT: The creative economy. Challenges and opportunities for the DC regions.

Author: Isabelle De Voldere, Eva Janssens, Jonas Onkelinx, Leo Sleuwaegen - Flanders DC and Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, April 2006

In 2004, Flanders District of Creativity (Flanders DC) set up a network of creative regions worldwide with the aim of exchanging experiences and learning from each other’s practices in the field of economic policymaking. All these regions have sufficient regional competences to develop their own economic strategy and to act accordingly, primarily on economics and the labour market, but some also in areas such as education, science and innovation. Furthermore, all regions that have joined the network display the open and creative mindset that is vital for reaping the benefits of the geographical, economical and cultural diversity that is characteristic of the DC network.

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Opinion pieces | Home, comfortable life and virtual internationality go strong in Finland today

Author: Asko Miettinen - Professor at Lappeeranta University of Technology - General Coordinator R+D+4i Project in Finland

Home, a comfortable life and virtual internationality seem to be prevailing values of today in Finland. This conclusion is based on the RISC Monitor value and attitude survey conducted annually since the late 1970s. According to this survey, people in Finland have become unwilling to face changes during the current decade. There has been an increase in established life. Some kind of ‘neo-conservatism’ seems to have gained strength over the past few years. Interestingly, these conservative values and safety orientation have been adopted particularly by young Finns aged 15-24 years.

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Opinion pieces | R+D+4i. Breaking innovation

Author: Glòria Serrano - Institutional Relations & Sergi Artigas, Corporative Development, LEITAT Technological Centre. - R+D+4i Project Think Tank members

The economic crisis we are currently experiencing affects the whole business tissue, as it has a global effect that raises doubts about its length and about the most suitable measures to overcome it.

In this context, and in the particular geographical context of Europe, we face a clear and present risk of loss of competitiveness. While all players involved in industrial competitiveness (political and social actors, companies and workers) agree in the need to invest on R+D+i as a key measure...

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Opinion pieces | Connecta amb la Innovació

Author: Joan Muñoz - Head of Distribution and Exhibition Area - Museo de la Ciencia y de la Técnica de Cataluña (mNACTEC)

The Museo de la Ciencia y de la Técnica de Cataluña (mNACTEC) actively develops the Programa de Ciencia, Innovación, Sostenibilidad y Salud, including the project Connecta amb la Innovació (Connect with innovation), one of the most remarkable ones. The technological advances which have made our lives easier since the human being started to use them in its origins have recently become far removed from the current society because of the speed of technological change. Catalonia is one of the regions that spends more on Research and Development, with an allocation of resources per researcher above the national average over the last decade.

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Interview with | Professor Pedro Nueno

Pedro Nueno is professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship of IESE, Barcelona and in the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) of Shanghai.

His areas of specialization include entrepreneurship; intrapreneurship and starting new ventures; management of technology and innovation: management of privatization and turnaround processes; industrial alliances; joint ventures and acquisitions; industrial procurement, and supply-chain management. He holds the Bertran Foundation Chair of Entrepreneurship, is Vice-Chancellor of the International Academy of Management and Executive President of the CEIBS.

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Achievements | The R+D+4i Project has renewed its website

Author: Jaume Reguant - Reponsible for Project spreading/Web/Data Base

This renovation was done in order to simplify the contents and, in turn, make them more attractive to people who access the site interested in the R+D+4i Project. A short list of some new features that can be found in the renewed website follows:

- Unification of corporate image by making it similar to the image in the News (Newsletter), that was launched earlier this year.

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Next activities | The R+D+4i next activities - December 2009

In this edition we highlight the activities (conferences, workshops, etc...) around the factors related to the R+D+4i Project that will take place in the next months.

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Partners | The R+D+4i Project partners - December 2009

In this issue we dedicate this space to the Professional Associations involved nowadays in the R+D+4i Project.

  • Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland
  • Col·legi i Associació d’Enginyers Industrials de Catalunya
  • Col·legi d’Advocats de Barcelona
  • Col·legi d’Economistes de Catalunya
  • Col·legi Oficial de Doctors i Llicenciats de Catalunya
  • Association of German Engineers (VDI) Nordrhein-Westfalen

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R+D+4i Project General Secretariat

Ms. Puri Alba
Technical and administrative secretariat in Catalonia

Mr. Joan Amorós
General Director

Mr. Ramon Garriga
Assessment analysis of indicators and follow-up of action lines

Mr. Jordi Guix
Project spreading + Web/Forum/Data Base

Mr. Helmut Karl
Project coordination in Nordrhein-Westfalen

Mr. Asko Miettinen
Project coordination in Finland

Mr. Víctor Pou
Institutional coordination

Mr. Gian L. Ribechini
Assessment analysis of indicators and follow-up of action lines

Mr. Josep M. Rovira
Economic control

Mr. Luigi Serio
Project coordination in Lombardy

Mr. Paul Verdin
Project coordination in Flanders

R+D+4i Project Advisory Council


Mr. Salvador Giner
President, Catalan Studies Institute

Mr. Andreu Mas-Collell
Professor, Pompeu Fabra University

Mr. Pedro Nueno
Professor, IESE, Business School

Mr. Lanfranco Senn
Professor, Bocconi University in Milan

Mr. Paul Verdin
Professor, Leuven School Business and Economics


Mr. Joan Costa
Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science

Mr. Asko Miettinen
Professor, Lamperanta University of Technology

Mr. Francesc Solé Parellada
Professor, Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Mr. Ramon Tremosa
Professor, Barcelona University

Mr. Xavier Vives
Professor, IESE Business School

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