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10th edition of the world conference on intellectual capital for communities – IC10

The central theme of the 10th Edition of the World Intellectual Capital (IC) Conference is “Managing Knowledge in Boundless Organizations”. The title of the conference highlights the need to assess progress in managing knowledge, in rapidly evolving organizational and institutional settings.

The Regional Focus this year is BRAZIL.

IC10 is organised by The European Chair on Intellectual Capital Management at the University Paris-Sud. This conference will take place on June 5 & 6 at:

Faculté Jean Monnet,

54 Bd Desgranges 92330 Sceaux

Knowledge flow is a major issue for any organization’s sustainability and it is therefore important to review past achievements from a critical perspective At the same time, new approaches have led to the design and implementation of boundless organizations in several contexts. Therefore, the evaluation of current progress and barriers needs to take a forward-looking approach, which includes emerging and foreseeable trends in organizational design and their relationship with the digital transformation of organizations, institutions and communities.

The IC for Communities conference series has discussed some of these issues in its earlier editions. However, they are the focus of IC 10, which looks at them from different angles: geographical (Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Africa), institutional (large companies, large international institutions, small firms) and professional (scholars, policy and private sector decision-makers).

We propose a set of themes that we consider to be highly relevant for decision-making:

· Accumulated knowledge versus leveraged knowledge;

· Incentive systems in organization designs;

· Boundless spaces and knowledge flow;

· Emerging practices;

· From “bureaucracies” to “knowledge platforms”;

· Entrepreneurship in boundless organizations;

· How to take advantage of knowledge-based capital approaches in institutions and territories;

· Data as the new business landscape…and societal horizon?

The IC 10 conference addresses these issues and outlines their policy implications. As with previous IC conferences, we start by reviewing ongoing country programs related to intellectual capital.

This year, following the success of IC8 (South Korea) and IC9 (the Mediterranean), we focus on an emerging country: Brazil.

Brazil has been a pioneer in intangibles and intellectual capital. This is notably due to the Brazilian Development Bank’s –BNDES– program, initiated several years ago, but also to several projects carried with the support of the World Bank on the measurement of intangibles at macro and sectoral levels. It will be interesting, particularly for developing countries, to learn about the Brazilian experience and hear some first-hand accounts of monitoring knowledge-based capital.

As at former IC conferences, these questions are addressed at various levels: countries, regions, cities, firms and networks. Similarly, as before the conference alternates plenary sessions with keynote speeches and parallel workshops. This structure allows time for more detailed discussions on the various topics of interest to the different IC communities.

[Text adopted from the Conference Draft agenda, which can be downloaded here:


Scientific Coordination:

Ahmed Bounfour, Professor, European Chair on Intellectual Capital & RITM,

Registration at:

Smart Specialisation Strategies: Implementing European Partnerships

This bench-learning conference will explore possibilities for European partnerships in detail, and provides an interactive participatory platform for regions and cities to explore relevant collaboration methodologies and relevant thematic areas directly relevant to RIS3 partnering.

The conference will take place on Wednesday, 18th June 2014, 8:30-17:30, at the Committee of the Regions, Rue Belliard/Belliardstraat 99-101 in Brussels


The Committee of the Regions, the S3 Platform, the Helsinki-Uusimaa, Province of Utrecht and Valencia regions are organising this one-day bench-learning conference to explore concrete possibilities for European partnerships and to offer an interactive participatory platform for regions and cities to explore relevant collaboration methodologies and important thematic issues.

Between 2014 and 2020, the research and innovation strategies based on smart specialisation (RIS3) will define the priorities for each region under the European Structural and Investment Funds, as well as the Horizon 2020 programme and other initiatives. But what does this mean for the creation of concrete partnerships and successful collaborative partnering arrangements?

The focus is on both regional and city collaboration. Specific examples for pioneering from many regions will serve as a starting point for practical and creative conversations about activities already in progress, innovative methodologies in use, and concrete next steps for developing partnerships.

Programme and online registration:

A link to the registration provided by the Helsinki-Uusimaa Region:

Registration is also possible at:

The conference offers extensive opportunities for participants to establish the next generation of partnerships and projects to translate smart specialisation strategies into practice.

In addition to this, two rounds of parallel sessions on topics such as RIS3, industrial renaissance, open innovation 2.0 and e-health will allow participants to follow their own interests and benefit from inspiring examples of work-in-progress. We kindly ask you to indicate your preferred topics by priority upon registration so we can ensure the best arrangements for you to develop future partnerships. Your registration for the event and parallel session topics will be confirmed by email.

Part of the conference work will also take place on-line before, during and after the conference.

For more information, please contact

Christine Chang,, +358 443533014

The draft programme is available on-line, and can also be downloaded here:


As background information, a booklet about Smart Specialisation and Europe’s Growth Agenda is available at:

Open Innovation 2.0

Open Innovation is the use of internal and other companies’ ideas to develop new businesses. Open Innovation 2.0 is an exciting new approach, a mash-up of ideas into action to make things happen.

Beschrijving: eschrijving:

Illustration by Peti Buchel of Beeldleveranciers, 2012.

Open Innovation

Open Innovation is one of the important components of the foreseen European Innovation System, where all stakeholders need to be involved in a Quadruple helix innovation model. This model outlines user-oriented innovation models. In addition, Open innovation can create the seamless interaction and mash-up for ideas needed in such innovation ecosystems.

See Henry Chesbrough, Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology, 2003 and the Center for Open Innovation from the Berkeley University.

Open Innovation 2.0

Open Innovation 2.0 takes full advantage of cross-fertilisation of ideas and drives for experimentation and prototyping in real world, to speed up and increase the potential for innovation. It is a catalytic, positive approach for innovation which helps solving key European challenges by embracing change, not resisting it!

We drive the Open Innovation 2.0 paradigm towards recognition and adoption in Europe, in all sectors. The Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) works on increasing knowledge and ICT intense sectors to respond to highly open and competitive ecosystems needed to create new markets and ICT and knowledge based products and services.

There are 5 key elements in the new innovation process:

  • Networking
  • Collaboration involving partners, competitors, universities, and users;
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship, enhancing corporate venturing, start-ups and spin-offs;
  • Proactive Intellectual Property Management: to create markets for technology;
  • Research and Development (R&D): to achieve competitive advantages in the market.

Quadruple Helix Model

We base our thinking on Quadruple Helix innovation models – involving institutional bodies, research sphere, business sector, and citizens in the process. This new generation of open innovation leads to stronger economic impact and better user experience in Europe.

[Text adopted from the European Commission’s Digital Agenda for Europe website:]