- 12:30-13:30 - Sandwich buffet lunch
- 13:30-15:30 - Roundtable discussion
Prof. Joseph Wong
Poverty, Invisibility and the Re-distributive Potential of Innovation
While we have a pretty good sense of the productivity gains from innovation, the distributive effects of innovation are less well understood; even less well understood is the re-distributive potential of innovation. My talk will consider the political economy of poverty in the developing world, and emerging technological, business and organizational innovations aimed at mitigating the effects of such poverty. Drawing on real-world case studies, the key issues to be discussed include frugal innovation, end-user adoption, scaling-up, and the challenges of social impact measurement.
Dr. Christos Braziotis
Operations Management and Innovation
The presentation will briefly introduce the major operations-enabled structures that facilitate innovation within and outside the organisational boundaries. The inter-organisational perspective will be briefly explored by introducing the agile project management approach. The intra-organisational perspective will be explored by introducing the extended enterprise, a recent paradigm shift in the domain of supply chain management.
Dr. Yutao Sun
Are Mega-Engineering Programs Appropriate for Industrial Innovation? A Framework for Examining China's State-Led Innovation Model
The presentation will propose a framework for examining China's state-led innovation model by way of the mega-engineering programs under China's Medium and Long-Term Plan for the Development of Science and Technology. The framework involves two dimensions - industrial characteristics (end-user, market power and technical goal) and government intervention (direct, indirect and environment). Base on the present framework and analysis of ten selected cases, we will identify the preconditions for implementing the mega-engineering programs.
Dr. Cong Cao
Trajectory of China’s High-Tech Development: The ‘Growing Pains/Premature Senility’ Thesis Revisited
In a 2004 paper, "Zhongguancun and China's High-Tech Parks in Transition: 'Growing Pains' or 'Premature Senility'?", I introduced the terms - "growing pains" and "premature senility" - to contrast the temporary challenges facing China in pursuing high-tech industrialization and the possibility that China suffers from a terminate "illness" that may deprive China of the momentum in its innovation push. Revisiting the thesis some eight years later, I report that many of the problems identified in the previous paper have persisted. In particular, the overwhelming role of government may derail the trajectory of China's high-tech development.
Dr. Chun-Yi Lee
Made in Taiwan, produced in China: The Taiwan-China innovation connection
IT products nowadays traded in the global market mainly were produced by Taiwanese companies, but made by Chinese labour; these goods occupied a great percentage of the global market. China in fact could be seen either as Taiwan's manufacturer platform or a competitor. However, it is interesting to evaluate to what extent the 'Chi-wan' IT products climb up on the ladder of innovation.