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VERITE The network within the debate on innovation. Nicos Komninos, URENIO VERITE Kick-off Meeting Thessaloniki, 29-30 November 2001. VERITE is about innovation. Innovation has become a key- element of development. The Lisbon European Council (2000)

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verite the network within the debate on innovation

VERITEThe network within the debate on innovation

Nicos Komninos, URENIO

VERITE Kick-off Meeting

Thessaloniki, 29-30 November 2001

innovation has become a key element of development

VERITE is about innovation

Innovation has become a key- element of development

The Lisbon European Council (2000)

  • Political goal: Europe should become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy of the world within the next decade

The 6th Periodic Report EU Regions (2001)

  • Indicator of regional competitiveness: GDP/Population=GDP/Employees *Employees/Population
  • Four main factors: (1) Structure of economic activity, (2) Regional accessibility, (3) Innovation activity, (4) Skills /education of the labour force.

VERITE is aboutorganizations and regions

Innovation is a glocal process involving R&D, TI, companies, regions

  • Innovation is a global process linked to global corporations and R&D Labs
  • Role of multinational companies
  • First-class R&D institutes
  • International R&D flows
  • But located in a few islands of innovation
  • Innovation is a local process linked to particular localities / environments which enhance innovation:
  • Technopoles
  • Tertiary districts
  • Regional innovation systems
  • Smart cities and virtual local communities

VERITE is follow-up of (1) INNOREGIO: Dissemination of innovation development technologies


and (2) OnLi

Virtual network of EU technology parks


VERITE is a discussion / dissemination forum

Working assumptions of VERITE

  • A. Fundamental knowledge development processes
  • sustain innovation
  • B. To these processes correspond specific IMTs
  • Technology watch: benchmarking, economic intelligence, foresight
  • Technology transfer: skills transfer, technology clinics
  • New knowledge into products: product development, creativity, new model products, creation of prototypes 
  • Industrial informatics: co-ordination of knowledge / information processes (MRP/ ERP, BPR)
  • Knowledge sharing: networking, improvement of supply-chains, stock management, outsourcing

VERITE working assumptions

Linkages between fundamental

innovation processes


INNOVATION is a three-level process: Firm/ Cluster/ RIS - Transformation of knowledge to products and technologies


VERITE focus

Innovation Management Techniques

and Technologies



Major themes of discussion

(to add)

  • The innovative (knowledge-creating) company
  • The innovative (learning, intelligent) region
  • The fundamental innovation processes
    • Technology watch
    • Technology transfer
    • Product development
    • Co-ordination of flows inside the company / organization
    • Knowledge sharing along the supply chain
  • IMT as facilitators of above knowledge-creating processes
  • Innovation processes at a virtual level and corresponding IMTs
  • The geography of innovation and knowledge-creating processes: regional/ national/ EU/ global dimensions
key for success
High profile workshops / conferences on innovation processes

Review of literature

State-of-the-art methods and technologies

Contribution from key-researchers and R&D centres

Demonstration of methods and technologies

Foresight dimension. What to expect in coming years

Practical dimension for companies and regions

Strong regional dissemination

Target group

Electronic dissemination

Database including articles and reports

Internet / open discussion group

Portal of IMT providers/ services in Europe


Key for success

5 High level European conferences

3 Internet based tools

Database of articles on innovation management

Discussion group

Portal of IMT providers

Dissemination material



Collective book


To organize the discussion on innovation processes, knowledge-creating companies and intelligent regions (conferences)

To enlarge the discussion using virtual environments for IMT (portal of providers, discussion group, articles database)

To organize the dissemination of IMTs at the regional level

Promote joint projects on innovation processes and IMTs development and application


Deliverables of VERITE