Trust within the (French) pact for competitiveness

“Promoting innovation and quality, entrepreneurship and risk-taking, breaking down barriers and working together, developing skills and (re)giving a taste for technical progress, opening new spaces for dialogue and stimulating collective intelligence. Here are all the ingredients to mobilize forces in the country and in particular its youth. This is where confidence and optimism will come from, and therefore success. “ Will the approach proposed by the Gallois Report create confidence? The 10th, 11th and 12th proposals certainly will contribute towards this goal: a “Small Business Act” to fix the rules of the game, requiring large groups to combine their suppliers (to obtain state support) and to develop their exchanges (IRT, clusters, industry committees …), increasing opportunities to learn or relearn to play  as a team. But perhaps

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Open Innovation at LEGO: an interview with Erik Hansen

As LEGO presents one of the first companies that successfully introduced various Open Innovation practices, we were wondering how they perform nowadays and what thein main challenges are. Insipired by our last article “Open Innovation, crowdsourcing and the rebirth of LEGO“, that summarize how LEGO avoided bankruptcy by introducing at the turn of the century various Open Innovation practices, we recently had an interesting interview with Erik Hansen, Senior Director of Technology & Open Innovation at Lego (26/03/2012). How is Open Innovation performed at LEGO? The LEGO Group has experimented with Open Innovation for several years. One of the best known examples is how lead users were engaged in the development of LEGO Mindstorms NXT. Current examples of LEGO Open

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Interview with Frédérique Sachwald

Frederique Sachwald, Ph.D. in economics, graduated from IEP Paris and University of Cambridge. Frederique Sachwald is Head of the Business R&D Department, Ministry of Higher Education and Research in France. She is the author of several reports on the open innovation. What is your definition of Open Innovation? I define Open Innovation as compared to its opposite: Closed Innovation. Within the Closed Innovation paradigm, the R&D department is a fortress. All ideas are generated internally and remain inside until a new product reaches the market. In the Open Innovation paradigm, a company does not only rely on its internal resources (outside-in). In this approach, the company organizes and systematizes its openness towards the outside (Research partnership etc..) What are the indicators

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Best practices in terms of university – industry collaborations – Part 2

Collaborations between university and industry (UI collaborations) can be fairly complicated. This is the case in France, as in other countries. In the first part of this article, I gave a summary of best practices in terms of UI collaborations. These best practices were extracted from a report of a study conducted by the National Council of University Research Administrators and the Industrial Research Institute in the United States.

In this second part of the article, I’d like to provide some additional best practices compiled from a study that Edward Spencer Calder conducted as part of his Masters at MIT.

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Best practices in terms of university – industry collaborations – Part 1

Within the Open Innovation paradignm, collaborations between industry and academia, that is to say between the university, or more generally, public research and industry (named UI collaborations in the following), are encouraged. However, these collaborations are not always easy. On the contrary! Some find the collaboration sometimes degrading and may have the feeling of being exploited or robbed. They may even perceive this collaboration as a corruption of research, especially if it is imposed by the government. The others are sometimes somewhat schizophrenic: while the top management would like to push towards open innovation even further, the teams who have to deal with these collaborations do not necessarily want them. Why should we outsource when we are so good? For

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The “Meetic of Research” | PRESANS invited by the French Ministry of Research

Today the team of PRESANS was invited to participate to the press conference organized by the French Ministry of Research about the new service that they are launching early 2010: a website to facilitate collaboration between academia and industry. This sounds like a new competitor of PRESANS… well, not quite as it seems that they also would like to partner with us. Valérie Pécresse Speech We give below a few points that Valérie Pécresse, our minister of Research has risen during the course of the conference. Actions to accelerate innovation To accelerate innovation, the parallel existence of the two distinct worlds (public and private research) has to end. The country (France) has to join the new trend of Open Innovation.

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