Innovation is recognised as a key source for increasing organisational competitiveness. Research on innovation management attempts to capture its multidimensionality as many players have a role in innovation. It has a socioeconomic impact and is influenced by organisational practice. Our aim is to investigate and disseminate tools and methods for successful innovation management and for increasing innovation potentials of organisations.
Smart specialization strategies can help regions concentrate on resources on key R & D priorities, rather than spreading investment thinly across areas and business sectors. Thus, they can ensure a more effective use of public funds and stimulate private investment. They can also be a key element in developing multi-level governance for integrated innovation policies. Our aim is to identify optimum ways of designing smart specialization strategies for facilitating economic growth.
Entrepreneurship plays a very important role in revitalising the regional, national and global economy, especially during economic downturns. There seems to be a positive relationship between entrepreneurship and economic growth, which creates a challenge for higher education. Higher education needs to foster entrepreneurial culture among young people and nurture entrepreneurial mindset, responding to this challenge and providing students and young people with the necessary capabilities to realise their business ideas. Our aim is to research and develop tools and methods for developing successfully the entrepreneurial mindset of young people.
The programme, "Creation of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Unit", under the auspices of the Operational Programme "Education and Lifelong Learning 2007-2013" aimed to foster innovation and entrepreneurship among students in higher education institutions, linking higher education with the loabour market. It encouraged innovation and entrepreneurship among young people by organizing conferences and competitions for the selection of innovative ideas and business plans seeking to develop skills that prmote the modernization of administrative procedures, the growth of entrepreneurship and the development of human resources in research and technology.
For this reason, created the electronic platform of asynchronous training. Through this platform students have access in material relative to entrepreneurship, innovation and education.
All courses and material is available through: http://elearn.materlab.eu/
The innovation process involves interactive relations among different actors, following a non-linear path which is characterised by complicated feedback mechanisms. The systemic approach of innovation is grounded on the presumption that innovation processes cannot be decomposed into several isolated phases that take place in a strictly proceeding sequence. This research axe focuses on the use of National Innovation Systems (NIS) as an analytical frame, in order to reveal the structure of regional and national innovation processes and main involved actors.
Mathematical models from one hand, can provide significant insights about the dynamics of the innovation process and from the other hand can be tools to study the impact of innovative policies on the performance of Innovation Systems. Towards this direction, the need for holistic dynamic mathematical models, such as system dynamics (S.D.), which can be used as a tool to describe and to analyse the complex and dynamic nature of Innovation Systems, is obvious. Our aim is to provide a holistic modelling approach to the Innovation System’ concept, in order to reveal the functions and the mechanisms which lead to their innovative performance.