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Science, Technology, and Globalization – Conference Announcements – Harvard – Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs   Leave a comment

This upcoming conference  highlights the major and longer impact a Thinker can have on future  thinking.

“The conference coincides with the centenary of the publication of Schumpeter’s seminal work, The Theory of Economic Development (1911). The conference will be held in conjunction with the annual Innovation for Economic Development executive program.

Schumpeter’s intellectual legacy

Schumpeter left a rich intellectual legacy of relevance to emerging economies and globalization in general. He is associated with at least four major ideas (in writings between 1911 and 1942).”

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“CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS

International Conference on

TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION FOR GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT

Schumpeter and Polymer Research

3–5 June 2012

Harvard Kennedy School

Cambridge, MA

Co-organized by the

Science, Technology, and Globalization Project, Harvard Kennedy School

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project, Harvard Kennedy School

Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School

Contact: katherine_gordon@hks.harvard.edu

Chaired by:

Professor Calestous Juma

Harvard Kennedy School

Background

The aim of the “International Conference on Innovation and Development” (3-5 June, 2012) is to take stock of the relevance of the work of Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter for developing countries. The conference coincides with the centenary of the publication of Schumpeter’s seminal work, The Theory of Economic Development (1911). The conference will be held in conjunction with the annual Innovation for Economic Development executive program.

Although Schumpeter’s work was clearly framed to address the unfolding nature of economic systems, policymakers and development thinkers in developing countries are only starting to be exposed to his seminal thinking. Many of these countries now embrace the idea of innovation in economic development without recognizing that they are furthering the legacy of Schumpeter.

For example, a 2005 report entitled Innovation: Applying Knowledge in Development played an important role in guiding discussions on the implementation of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. But few leaders in developing countries associated the ideas in the report with work on Schumpeter. The ideas in the report have been widely adopted among developing countries and prepared the ground for a commemorative study on Schumpeter’s legacy.

Schumpeter’s intellectual legacy

Schumpeter left a rich intellectual legacy of relevance to emerging economies and globalization in general. He is associated with at least four major ideas (in writings between 1911 and 1942). First, he highlighted the critical role that innovation (broadly defined plays in economic transformation), especially through the dynamic process of “creative destruction”. Secondly, argued that technological innovation as an integral part of the capitalist enterprise and not changes in resource endowment was possibly the most powerful driver of economic transformation. Thirdly, he postulated that expectation of monopoly power was a greater source of productivity than the mere act of being in a competitive market. Finally, he stressed the importance of history and outlined the institutional forces that influence the pace and direction of economic transformation. In a posthumous paper published in 2005 entitled, Development, Schumpeter provided the clearest articulation of the theory behind his evolutionary thinking.  He stressed the role of indeterminacy, novelty and discontinuous leaps.

Objectives

The aim of this conference is to convene a commemorative series of activities on the intellectual legacy of Schumpeter with specific reference to developing countries. Specific objectives of the initiative are to:

(a) outline the essential features of Schumpeter’s ideas of relevance to development policy and practice;

(b) elaborate the elements into a new study that lays out the policy implications of Schumpeter’s legacy for development policy and practice;

(c) explore the role of innovation in emerging engineering fields, specifically polymer research, in addressing development challenges such as agriculture, health, water, shelter and environmental management;

(d) disseminate the results among development policymakers, scholars, and practitioners; and

(e) identify new research directions on innovation and development.

The conference will also provide opportunities to authors to present findings in their recent books that build on Schumpeter’s ideas.

 

Indicative topics

Prospective contributors may submit abstracts on indicative topics provided below. The topics are only indicative and not intended to restrict the scope of submissions. Preference will be given to evidence-based papers that provide case studies of the role of innovation in development:

History and Theory

Innovation in development history

Innovation, entrepreneurship, and development

Innovation in Action

Product innovation

Process innovation

Market development

Natural resource utilization

Institutional innovation

Polymers, Innovation and Development

Advances in polymer research

Emerging applications

Implications for development

Governing Innovation

Innovation policy

New research and policy directions ”

via Science, Technology, and Globalization – Conference Announcements – Harvard – Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Posted May 1, 2012 by arnoneumann in Conference, Innovation

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Planet Under Pressure Conference   Leave a comment

Building on a comprehensive update of knowledge of the Earth system and the pressure it is under, the Planet Under Pressure conference will present and debate new insights into potential opportunities and constraints for innovative development pathways based on novel partnerships.”

 

“The 2012 international Planet Under Pressure conference will provide a comprehensive update of the pressure planet Earth is now under. The conference will discuss solutions at all scales to move societies on to a sustainable pathway. It will provide scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20.”

via Homepage ::: Planet Under Pressure.

Posted August 11, 2011 by arnoneumann in Conference, Environment

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