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25 Apr 2012

Research Symposium: how to best manage emerging technologies

The Management of Emerging Technologies for Economic Impact (ManETEI) summer school will take place at Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) – LINC (Learning & Innovation in Networks & Communities) Lab, France, on June 4th-6th 2012.
It examines a fundamental issue: "How do we organize and manage emerging technologies for innovation and value creation, including jobs".
ManETEI is a large €5M initial training network funded by the EU from 2010 to 2014.

The ManETEI summer school on technology dynamics and knowledge based innovation brings together a network of academics, managers, policy makers and early stage researchers to deliver fresh perspectives and debate future challenges for successfully bridging the gap between grand technological challenges and socioeconomic impact of emerging technologies.

Leading European Business Schools, research institutes and diverse groups of industrial partners from different sectors, technologies and countries gather during this research-led training program to create a rigorous collaborative research agenda centered on the multifaceted phenomenon of managing emerging technologies for maximum economic and societal impact.

Dimitris Assimakopoulos, Professor of Technology Management and founding Director of the LINC Lab at Grenoble Ecole de Management, said:
“It is essential to understand and manage the economic impact of emerging technology, as the total investment by EU member states and industry in Bio-, Nano-, Info- and Cognitive (NBIC) emerging science and technology is the largest ever seen. Europe is losing competitive ground and participants from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds share their common commitment for future research and training collaboration to ensure that Europe becomes a leading knowledge economy today. The ManETEI training programme is a great opportunity for both early-career and experienced researchers looking to develop new skills in business and management; reflect on their research advances; and learn from experts from both sides of the Atlantic.”

The programme includes keynote lectures, small group discussions and debates focusing on “Managing & Organizing Innovation” in three major areas:

  1. Multi-level Networks and the Triple Helix;
  2. Value Chains and Complex Systems and
  3. Regions and Clusters.

Participants and guests include experts from Leeds and London Universities (UK), the Fraunhofer Institute ISI (Germany), Amsterdam and Erasmus Universities (Netherlands), Gothenburg and Chalmers Universities (Sweden), IE Business School (Spain), University of California (USA), STMicroelectronics, Bayer and GSK. Guests will also have the opportunity of participating in an Oxford Style Debate on the role of emerging innovation ecosystems and the French model (“competitiveness clusters”) vs. other models in the EU and USA.

The basic question participants will debate on is
“Can European clusters collaborate, compete and survive without any links to the Silicone Valley?”

LINC Lab is the principal investigator in the Manetei project within GEM; and a research center of excellence in managing technological innovation organized in networks and communities locally and worldwide. It is home to half a dozen full-time faculty and early stage researchers; and hosts a dozen visiting research professors from Europe, the USA, Japan and China. The core and visiting faculty supervises more than 50 ongoing doctoral theses in topics related to management of technology and economics of innovation.

GEM – An expertise in Management of Technology and Innovation, founder of the innovation campus GIANT
Managing innovations and examining their economic value is at the heart of GEM’s expertise and activities. Thanks to this expertise, GEM is one of the founding members of the innovation campus GIANT - Grenoble Innovation for Advanced New Technologies. GIANT is based on a collaborative strategy which brings together higher education, research and industry, to achieve innovation in products, procedures and system – a relevant framework with regards to what will be examined throughout the ManETEI summer school.


ManETEI Summer School – guest speakers and participants

Keynote Speakers

  • Elias Carayannis, George Washington University (USA)
  • Rob Cross, University of Virginia (USA)
  • Barbara Czarniawska, Gothenburg University (Sweden)
  • Martin Kenney, University of California (USA)
  • Loic Lietar, Minalogic / STMicroelectronics (France)
  • Loet Leydesdorff, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Mats Lundqvist, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)
  • Mark Phillips, GlaxoSmithKline (UK)
  • Helen Lawton Smith, University of London (UK)


  • Petra Arwheiler, University College Dublin (IRL)
  • Dimitris Assimakopoulos, Grenoble Ecole de Management (France)
  • Vicky Bamiatzi, University of Leeds (UK)
  • Joze Damijan, University of Ljublijana (Slovenia)
  • Thierry Grange, Grenoble Ecole de Management (France)
  • Ilan Oshri, Loughborough University (UK)
  • Krsto Pandza, University of Leeds (UK)
  • Risto Rajala, Aalto University (Finland)
  • Thomas Reiss, Fraunhofer Institute ISI (Germany)
  • Matti Rossi, Aalto University (Finland)
  • Fabrizio Salvador, IE Business School (Spain)
  • Jatindher Sidhu, Erasmus University (Netherlands)
  • Richard Thorpe, University of Leeds (UK)
  • Terry Wilkins, University of Leeds (UK)

Industrial Partners

  • Jana Bezjak, Gorenje (Slovenia)
  • Laura Bond, IP Group (UK)
  • Patrick Cogez, STMicroelectronics (France)
  • Raymond Creemers, Lux Research (Netherlands)
  • Martin Curley, Intel (IRL)
  • Holger Fischer, Bayer (Germany)
  • Lutz Groh, Bayer (Germany)
  • Finian Rogers, Intel (IRL)
  • Gareth WakeDield, Oxford Surfaces (UK)



Mary Zaccai