Erik F. Øverland is giving a lecture at the STRATINC conference in Metz, France at the 19th of  april.

The Regional Council of Lorraine, lead partner of the STRATINC project


Sensibilisation to foresight and benchmarking
19th April 2006, Hotel of the Lorraine Region

9.00    Welcome of participants

9.15     Lorraine, a region of knowledge heading for Lisbonne
    P. Abate, Vice-president to the Regional Council of Lorraine

9.30    European dimension of the innovation policy in Lorraine: implementation
    Pierre Bourgogne, Regional Council of Lorraine

Foresight Session   

9.50    Why most actors fear investing in their own future?*
    J.M. Rousseau – European Commission - DG Research
Alarm bells should go off when the whole society within a given territory is locked in ritual behaviours and thus, is paralysed in terms of decision-making, risk-taking as well as any capacity to react to unanticipated changes. After witnessing a state of the art of the European economy, Jean-Marie Rousseau will first demonstrate in the perspective of the Lisbon Agenda how the knowledge society is at stake, then how a future edge can be from now on either caught or lost, and eventually how relevant are the creative societies for the construction of the regional advantage.

10.50    Perspectivist scenariobuilding. Policy Dialogue and Biotech Foresight in Norway
    Erik F. Øverland - SUBITO! Research&Futures
    After giving a brief outline of the Method of Perspectivist Scenariobuilding, Mr. Øverland will take us through the process of Biotech2020 project carried out by the Research Council of Norway 2004-2005. Mr. Øverland was responsible for the process and acted as the main facilitator of this comprehensive technology foresight on Biotechnology. How was the project organised? What kind  of methods were used? What kind of objectives? What was the outcome?
11.20    Regional Economic Modelling for Impact Assessment and Scenario Analysis in     Foresight Actions*       
A. Bayar – ULB
M. Bayar will explain how economic modelling techniques can be used in the regional foresight actions for developing scenarios, analysing impacts of public and private actions and decisions. He will also show how the model and software can be used in practice.

11.50     Knowledge management for fostering innovation
    J. –Y. Prax – Polia Consulting
This intervention will analyse how and when Knowledge management, foresight and strategic intelligence play a key role in the process of rupture innovation.
It will consist in both conceptual and methodological inputs and on concrete examples from multinational companies and from territorial networks of SMEs. It will try and identify the main factors hindering or fostering innovation in organisations.

12.30 Press conference and lunch    Bar des délibérations

Benchmarking session   

14.00    Please, forget “best practice” and “one-size-fits-all” development!
    J.M. Rousseau – European Commission - DG Research
 Starting from the notions of ‘benchmarking’ and ‘forecasting’, we will try together to move and evolve towards ‘benchlearning’ and ‘backcasting’ concepts, in order to         
consider generating a collective intelligence and a creative tension within a territory between a current position and where the whole actors want to be in the future. In fact, by
wondering to what extent, benchmarking is relevant for a given region, Jean-Marie Rousseau will analyse the ability to keep on learning new things and breakthroughs, blaze new trails for regional development and modify as a whole organisations’ behaviours. Three stages are considered in such a presentation, one about questioning the
fruitfulness of a mere benchmarking, a second one about why and how main regional actors fail to be creative and the last one about enhancing a continual learning attitude.

15.00    Regional benchmarking
    M. Eichler - BAK Basel Economics
    M. Eichler will introduce the Bak Basel Economics methodology for benchmarking data and will illustrate it with concrete regional benchmarking examples. M. Eichler will     then present a few of running project, mainly within the « policy and growth » theme

16.00    Digital Spaces e-Tools for Efficient Benchmarking
    M. Guth - Zenit GmbH & N. Komninos - Urenio
Starting from the objectives and the different orientations of benchmarking (territorial, cluster, company, policy) we will discuss why online tools and software applications are important to widespread the use of benchmarking. We will present two electronic benchmarking tools: ZENIT cluster benchmarking and URENIO company benchmarking. These are step-wise applications guiding the user in implementing complex numerical and sophisticated tasks: the main steps of benchmarking (data collection, data entry, calculation of benchmarks, and production of diagrams) are extremely simplified and the user may focus on the interpretation of information and policy recommendation. Furthermore, both open benchmarking to a wide audience of consultants and policy makers wishing to use the technique without disposing the needed technical skills for data calculation and comparison.

16.45    Conclusion   
    P. Abate, Vice-president to the Regional Council of Lorraine



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