SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Innovation Bureaucracies: How agile stability creates the entrepreneurial state

Rainer Kattel (UCL)

Date: 29 January 2020Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 29 January 2020Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: SALT

Type of Event: Seminar

The talk will focus on how to (re-)define what entrepreneurial states are: namely, these are states that are capable of unleashing innovations and wealth resulting from those, and of maintaining socio-political stability at the same time. Innovation bureaucracies are constellations of public organisations that deliver such agile stability. Such balancing act makes public bureaucracies unique in how they work, succeed and fail.

The talk looks at the historical evolution of innovation bureaucracy by focusing on public organisations dealing with knowledge and technology, economic development and growth; and briefly show how agility and stability are delivered through starkly different bureaucratic organisations. Hence, what matters for capacity and capabilities are not single organisations but organisational configurations and how they evolve.

Organiser: Antonio Andreoni

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