A Professor in the School of Business at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) travelled to Abu Dhabi in November as part of an OECD team to review processes and policies aimed at boosting the entrepreneurial and SME ecosystem in Abu Dhabi.
Prof Bill O’Gorman from Clonmel, Director for Research Centre for the Enterprise Development and Regional Economy (CEDRE) centre in the School of Business, was invited to join the team by the OECD based on his and CEDRE’s work on innovation, entrepreneurial regions and regional innovation systems since 2004.
According to Prof. O’Gorman, “Not alone is this international recognition for the work CEDRE is doing as regards enterprise/innovation policy and regional innovation systems, it is also an opportunity to bring international good practice back to the South East of Ireland.
This enhances WIT’s role and contribution as a key driver in regional development in the South East.”
Prof O’Gorman is part of an international team of five experts, all renowned for their knowledge and research of enterprise and regional innovation policies, processes and systems.
The knowledge base of the team, consisting of leading researchers and analysers from Germany, Ireland, UK, and US, equips the international panel well to perform this analysis of the Abu Dhabi entrepreneurial and SME ecosystem.
In more recent times, the CEDRE has been focusing on research in the field of ecosystems of open innovation. Part of this research is funded by the EU FP7 Regions of Knowledge Programme RTD and Innovation Aspects of EU Digital Agenda, through the €2.8 million eDIGIREGION project.