Meeting for the Research Project “GLOBALINTO: Capturing the value of intangible assets in micro data to promote the EU’s Growth and Competitiveness”, 19-20 September 2019

The Laboratory of Industrial and Energy Economics at the National Technical University of Athens (LIEE/NTUA) organised a meeting on 19-20 September 2019 at the Multimedia Auditorium of the NTUA Central Library, in the context of its participation in the research project “GLOBALINTO: Capturing the value of intangible assets in micro data to promote the EU’s Growth and Competitiveness” funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020. All the project partners took part in the meeting i.e. University of Vaasa – Project Coordinator, University of Hamburg, The University of Manchester, Aarhus University, Paris-Sud University, University of Ljubljana, Statistics Norway and of course LIEE/NTUA.

The aim of GLOBALINTO project is to provide new measures of intangible assets at the firm level, filling an important gap in measurement which has restricted statistical production, micro-based analysis and evidence-based policymaking. GLOBALINTO will analyse the various potential explanations of the productivity puzzle, both at micro and macro levels. Importantly, this also includes the development of measures of public sector intangibles and their impact on innovation and productivity. The analysis also aims to show the global structure and fragmentation of value chains, and their role in innovation, knowledge diffusion and the exploitation of new knowledge. Finally, on the basis of empirical results and theoretical advances, GLOBALINTO will explore and further the role of policy for the mobilisation of intangibles.

From LIEE/NTUA, Professor Yiannis Caloghirou (scientific supervisor), Associate Professor Aggelos Tsakanikas, the researchers Aimilia Protogerou, Panagiotis Panagiotopoulos, Evangelos Siokas and Ioanna Kastelli, the PhD candidates George Siokas and Petros Dimas, and the Research Associate Dimitrios Stamopoulos took part in the meeting. In addition, George Washington University Professor Nicholas Vonortas, and the researcher at the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research Michael Vassiliadis, that are LIEE/NTUA Research Associates in the context of this project, participated in the meeting. The other participants were Hannu Piekkola (Project Coordinator), Jamshed Iqbal and Saara Hämäläinen (University of Vaasa), Felix Roth and Simone Caliò (University of Hamburg), Joseph Lampel and Sarada Gadepalli (University of Manchester), Carter Bloch, Carita Eklund and Kristof Van Criekingen (Aarhus University), Ahmed Bounfour and Keung Oui Kim (Paris-Sud University), Tjasa Redek and Daša Farčnik (University of Ljubljana), Marina Rybalka (Statistics Norway), as well as Marianne Paasi from the Technical University of Berlin, a member of the project’s Advisory Board.

The purpose of the meeting was to present and discuss the progress of each Work Package (WP) and the overall project, to exchange views and make decisions on the next stages of its implementation. In more detail, the first day of the meeting started with introductory speeches, followed by presentations and discussions on WP 5 “Micro-economic underpinnings of growth”, WP 4 “Large scale pilot survey of intangible investments” concerning field research in 2000 companies based on the eight countries from which the project participants originate, on WP 1 “Foresight on growth, methodologies and data for measuring intangible assets”, WP 6 “Macro-economic underpinnings of growth using EU wide industry- level data ”, and WP 3“ Processing data and indicators ”, and a free discussion was also held over various aspects of the project. On the evening of the first day, a dinner was served at the Roof Garden of the Central Athens Hotel in the center of Athens. The second day of the meeting included presentations and discussion on WP 2 “Setting the conceptual framework for new data and value chains” related to the conceptual framework of the project, on WP 7 “Intangible assets in the public sector and policy” regarding policy formulation issues, as well as on WP 9 “Project Management and Administration” and WP 8 “Dissemination, Communication and Exploitation”, which relate to the overall management-administration of the project, and the communication and dissemination of its activity and results to the research community and the general public.

View the meeting programme here.