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GES Taipei Workshop

Main Theme Promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship toward Knowledge-based Economy
 Welcome Dinner Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

7.00 pm – 8.30 pm



 Thursday, May 15th, 2014

 8.30 am – 5.00 pm
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm Dinner
Venue of the Workshop The Grand Hotel, Taipei
Local Host Industrial Technology Research Institute

Approximately 75 international and local leading stakeholders
from business, finance, academia, politics and civil society
(invitation only)


Wan-Hsin Liu
Kiel Institute for the World Economy


Report of the Taipei Workshop

Report of the Taipei Workshop 2014




Since the latest financial crisis there have been dramatic changes in the world economy, posing serious challenges to existing economic growth models among emerging economies in general and those in Asia in particular. Such challenges are also opportunities for many Asian economies to facilitate their progress in their transformation toward a knowledge-based economy. How to foster innovation and encourage entrepreneurship to realise innovation-driven growth and to support (Asian) emerging economies’ transformation toward a knowledge-based economy will be intensively discussed at the workshop.


The program consists of three expert speeches and two discussion sessions, in addition to the keynote speech which will be given by Mr. Matthew F.C. Miau (Chairman, MiTAC-Synnex Group). Ample time has been reserved for open discussion amongst all participants as well. The topics of the speeches and discussion sessions are the following:


Transforming the Efficiency-Based Growth model to the Innovation-Driven Growth Model
Reiko Aoki, Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi Unitotsubashi University, Japan,


Asia’s Changing Role in the Global Supply Chain in the Era of Knowledge Economy
Jin-Keun Yueun Yu, Vice President, Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET), KoreaEconomics

The Role of Hidden Champions (Mittelstand) for the Knowledge-Based Economic Development
Michael Woywode, Professor, Chair of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises and Entrepreneurship, University of Mannheim, Germany

Sustainable Development of Knowledge Based Cities: Example of Phu My Hung New City Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Albert Ting, Chairman, CX Technology Corp., Taiwan




Session Upgrading and Transforming Industrial Structure through Innovation

Session Building an Effective Environment to foster Knowledge-Based Economy to Deal with the Challenges of Global Supply Chain Adjustment





Upgrading and Transforming Industrial Structure through Innovation


The burst of the financial crisis in 2008 and the successive European debt crisis have resulted in noticeable negative impacts on Asian companies’ operational outcomes. This has forced many Asian companies to rethink their business strategy to better deal with global challenges. One key element here is innovation. Through increasing their innovation intensity , companies are expected to become more capable of moving into higher value-added activities within the global value chain and of dealing successfully with increasing market competition.


How can companies better develop an innovation-centred business strategy? What kinds of innovation activities should they focus on, taking into account the large spectrum of potential innovation activities such as innovation in products, in services, in production processes, in business models and in developing strategies for new market acquisition? How could universities and research institutes be better integrated into companies’ innovation processes? What kind of support do companies expect from governments?

Tain-Jy Chen, Professorof Economics, National Taiwan University, Taiwan


    • Erik Baark, Professor, Division of Social Sciences and Division of Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
    • Hermann Erdmann,CEO, REDISA NPC, South Africa
    • Lucas Wang,CEO, Taiwan Mobile Innovation (TMI), Taiwan





      Building an Effective Environment to Foster Knowledge-Based Economy to Deal with the Challenges of Global Supply Chain Adjustment

      knowledge-based economy

      Since the latest financial crisis there have been dramatic changes in the world economy. Shortly after the crisis, emerging economies, particularly those in Asia, still acted as the main growth engines of the world economy. This situation seems to have changed recently, however. This change poses serious challenges to Asia’s economic growth model. Such challenges are also opportunities for many Asian economies. The best way to move forward for Asia is to raise the knowledge intensity of traditional industries, promote knowledge-based professional and specialist service industries, as well as to increase the extent and depth of innovation in high-tech industries.


      To do so it is crucial to figure out how to build an effective environment to foster knowledge-based economies. This includes three main facets: How should Asian economies adjust economic and trade systems and regulatory structures to facilitate knowledge-based industry development? How can Asian economies use their main strengths and particular features in the field of innovation to build a friendly environment for mutual learning and cross-border engagement in innovation? How can Asian economies take full advantage of progress in regional cooperation and economic integration, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), to turn the Asia-Pacific region into an innovation-friendly environment?

      Thierry Malleret, Co-Founder, Monthly Barometer, France; Managing Director, GES, Germany


      • Chung-Ming Kuan,Minister,National Development Council,Taiwan

      • Rong-Ping Mu, DirectorGeneralof Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

      • Willy C. Shih, Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School, USA



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