Study on innovative technological capacities and their impacts on industrial competitiveness presented at international event
Professor Paulo N. Figueiredo, of the FGV´s Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (FGV EBAPE), was the keynote speaker at the Third International Workshop on Innovation and Production Management in the Process Industries (IPM 2019), held on October 10 and 11 in Sweden. The event, organized by Mälardalen University and the Royal Institute of Technology, featured researchers and company managers from Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark.
Professor Figueiredo presented the progress made by FGV EBAPE’s Research Program on Technological Learning and Industrial Innovation in Brazil, which was created in 1999. He also presented a recent study coauthored with Bernardo Cabral and Felipe Silva, about sources and impacts of technological capacity accumulation in Brazil’s process-intensive industries, such as mining, oil and gas, ethanol, forestry, pulp and paper, and steel. These sectors account for more than 30% of Brazil’s GDP and over 40% of its exports.
The unparalleled study caught the attention of the event’s participants. It reveals variations within and across industrial sectors in terms of the accumulation of levels of technological capacities, from the operation/production level to the international innovation frontier level.
The accumulation of these levels of technological capacities has impacts on companies’ productivity and export performance. For example, an increase in the level of technological capacities leads to an average increase of 40% in companies’ productivity and a 52% rise in export performance at companies engaged with international markets.
“Brazil urgently needs to improve its productivity and export performance. Studies conducted as part of our research program, and this study in particular, help demonstrate the fundamental role of innovative technological capacities, at both company and industry level, as a vital input for industrial and economic growth,” Figueiredo says.