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I4I: Innovation intermediaries and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (2018-2020)

Responsabile Scientifico: Dr Federica Rossi, Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom

With the project Innovation Intermediaries and the 4th Industraila Revolution (I4I), the research team contributes to the analysis of structural change in advanced economies, by focusing on the role of innovation intermediaries in facilitating firms’ adoption of technologies and organizational solutions that characterize the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Currently, there are no systematic analyses of the competences, organization, and business model that are required to intermediaries to facilitate the transition towards the new mode of organizing production. We address this gap by collecting original evidence and analyzing it through content analysis techniques applied to: (i) secondary sources explaining the historical development of two technological applications – robotics and IoT – which play a central role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution; (ii) interviews with experts in these technologies; (iii) analysis of 4-6 case-studies of firms involved in the implementation of such technologies in different sector and countries. Our findings aim to provide knowledge to support business strategy and policymaking.

Research Team: Annalisa Caloffi, Margherita Russo, in collaboration with Ana Colovic

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