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Applying converging technologies for innovation in Nordic regions

  • Published 02/03/2010
  • Last updated 09/06/2011

 

Frontpage reportThe report investigates how policy makers can place technological convergence at the top of the agenda in (regional) innovation policies to enable more companies and research institutions to begin to address opportunities for innovation and growth generated through technological convergence. The study draws on a literature review and interviews with experts, companies, mediating organisations, and regional authorities. In addition, we have conducted a survey in the Nordic countries.

The survey identified the following main challenges and gaps for companies to engage in innovation projects that address converging technologies: 1) Existing and enabling technologies are important for the converging technology innovation process, and companies need external assistance to get from a stage of being aware of existing and enabling technologies to actually using them actively in an innovation process and for commercial purposes. 2) Companies find it difficult to find new partners outside their traditional networks. 3) Most of the studied companies stated that they would require external assistance in order to identify appropriate partners.

Key policy recommendations of the report are the following: 1) Identification of potentials for converging technologies through regional technological foresight exercises, 2) Implementation of a new innovation strategy based on converging technologies; and 3) Further research for strengthening Nordic platforms for developing converging technologies.

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