in Large Companies
The LocoMotive Project
LocoMotive aims at providing regional policy makers with a better understanding of the current R&D investment policies of large private sector companies in their regions compared with trends in other regions in Europe. The core activities are
- to set up a methodological framework to achieve directly comparable results in LocoMotive;
- to conduct structured interviews with key R&D managers, using the network of the partners (which may extend beyond their specific region);
- to organise regional roundtable discussions on private sector R&D investments with actors from private and public sectors;
- to provide a view of current industrial thinking and then to use these results to encourage a more pro-active dialogue about how regional policies might make R&D investment more attractive.
The chief tangible result will be a study and associated dissemination activities on current R&D investment policies of selected major companies and their relation to regional strategies, together with proposals for how future regional and European Commission activities might better support R&D localisation in Europe. The study itself will be used as a means to bring together R&D managers, regional policy makes and public funded researchers to discuss ways to work together which may well lead to spin-off networks and activities requiring no specific programme support, but which nevertheless act positively towards regional developments in R&D.
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