Proceedings of the conference "Which research for new growth models? The ANR consults the companies"

On October 6, 2010, more than 300 people - among them 200 research managers in companies and associations representing companies – accepted the invitation of the French National Research Agency (ANR) to think on how public and private research could contribute to the emergence of new growth models. Introduced by Mr Alain Claeys, member of the French Parliament (Vienne), the conference was marked by the economist Daniel Cohen’s thoughts which contributed to better understand our economy and our society.


According to the participants in the round tables, our economy is driven by a systematic and continuous research for innovation which is a source of earnings but also an important cost center. Consequently, improving research performance, reducing its costs and amortizations are major concerns for companies striving to make the functioning of research more flexible and relevant. The collective approach to research is an asset for the competitiveness in companies, and the realization of public private partnerships in research has become easier, although some difficulties remain.

Moving forward new growth models implies that research responds to technological, economic and social issues. Public research must be able to produce new knowledge while meeting the demands of collaborations with the private sector to achieve innovation and markets satisfaction. Partnerships – either interdisciplinary, cross-sector, inter-institutional or international – are essential. Moreover, developing a twofold competence within the French education and university system would be an asset for the development of those partnerships.

Reconfiguring the value chain and value proposals can lead to new growth models. Companies more and more integrate the product, services, branding, promises and a product marketing system in their supply. New research questions are therefore raised in terms of product and services concept, and systems integration.

Measuring and controlling the environmental depredations is one of the major stakes of the sustainable development for companies. The modularity of the production process (delocalization and externalization) makes this evaluation difficult. Research must respond to measurement, analysis, prevention and risk limitation demands.

Finally, public research laboratories are more and more at the crossroads of science and market by means of new “hybridizations” between scientific rationality and economic rationality. It is important to think on the consequences of those hybridizations on the ethos of public research, its objectives, and its impact.


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Last updated on 20 March 2019
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