Thinking about innovation governance in emerging economies

Gonzalo Ordóñez-Matamoros, University of Twente and Universidad Externado de Colombia in Bogotá

Focusing on innovation governance and public policies in emerging countries, this presentation aims at provoking discussions related with theoretical, governance and social capital features, failures and options for implementing alternative, more efficient approaches to effectively allow science, technology and innovation activities make sound contributions to development in such countries.

In particular, the speaker reflects on basic/fundamental questions such as - Why in many cases knowledge, science, technology and innovation activities are not satisfactorily contributing to the expected progress at the desired pace in emerging countries?, - What can be attributed to theoretical failures, governance failures and social capital failures? And - How can emerging developments, opportunities and options taking place both in terms of innovation theory, policy and practice in emerging countries be understood?

In so doing, the author brings a new perspective on innovation policy debates focusing on governance issues resulting from the ‘dance’ (Kuhlmann, Shapira, & Smits, 2010), i.e. the interplay between innovation policy, theory and practice in emerging countries.

Hence, following an interpretative approach, substantiated by discussions in several workshops with policy scholars, this paper assess the rationales and relevance of current/dominant innovation theories and policies and assesses their consequences, while exploring options based on new developments found in the arena.

This paper extents from discussions proposed at the introductory chapter ‘Governance of innovation in emerging countries: understanding failures and exploring options’ of the recently published book “Research Handbook on Innovation Governance for Emerging Economies: Towards Better Models”, edited by Stefan Kuhlmann and Gonzalo Ordonez (Stefan Kuhlmann & H.G. Ordonez-Matamoros, 2017), attached and accessible here:

In so doing, the paper identified a set of key governance challenges developing countries would have to face to embrace a new paradigm of innovation policy if they are serious in their intent of making STI an engine for development in a more effective way.

About the speaker

Gonzalo Ordóñez-Matamoros is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences at the University of Twente, The Netherlands; Director of the Centro de Investigaciones y Proyectos Especiales –CIPE at the Faculty of Finance, Government and International Relations at the Universidad Externado de Colombia; Research Associate at the Technology Policy and Assessment Center of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; and coordinator of the research network on governance of knowledge and innovation -GCTI. Dr. Ordóñez is PhD in Public Policy of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Georgia State University, USA; M.S. (D.E.A.) in International Economics and Economic Development at the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne; and M.S. (D.E.A.) in International Economic Relations Law at the Université Paris X- Nanterre, France. He worked as Executive Director of the Colombian Observatory of Science and Technology, as a staff member at COLCIENCIAS, and has served as consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Commission, the United Nations Development Program, the Ibero-American STI Indicators Network –RICyT, and to several government agencies, particularly in Colombia and Panamá. He has (co-)authored international peer-review journal articles, books, chapters, has supervised several PhD, Master and Bachelor candidates, and actively participates in editorial and scientific boards related with his areas of expertise which include policy analysis, design and evaluation methods; governance of Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) in developing countries; innovation policy models (rationales and relevance); R&D evaluation and performance assessment; determinants, processes and impacts of international research collaboration and mobility of researchers from/to abroad; tech mining and strategic planning of research in funding institutions; and STI Policymaking and governance in Latin-America.

Venue: Conference room (0.16 & 0.17)

Date: 08 February 2018

Time: 12:00 - 13:00  CET