The CIP FORUM is our flagship event where CIP Partners, colleagues, alumni, and invited guests gather biennially to address the key industry, university, and policy challenges of the transformation to a knowledge economy. The event has been held on six occasions since 2001 with the next event scheduled for September 25-27, 2016 in Göteborg, Sweden. The focus of the event is on sharing innovative ideas, research, and practical experiences among global actors. A blend of theory and practice is employed to bridge the gap between strategy and policy and encourage critical reflection in a world where business and public policy are both in transition. The inclusion of CIP graduate students in the event allows the next generation to voice their opinions through the unfiltered lens of the beginner’s mind. A key goal of CIP FORUM is to transform the dialogue into action through new initiatives together with CIP Partners, academia, and policy makers that will be carried out and presented in the next event. CIP FORUM 2016 will focus on the theme of convergence from both an industry and university perspective through three interrelated, convergent focal areas:
- Industry Focus – Digitization and the Internet of Things: The Convergence of Technology and Business Models
- Industry-University Focus – Building Professional Partnerships: The Convergence of Industrial and Academic Capabilities
- University Focus – Beyond Tech Transfer: The Convergence of Research and Innovation
The event will discuss challenges, trends, and specific management and policy issues that characterize the difficulties of convergence for industry and universities through plenary, break-out, workshop, and round-table sessions at different levels of focus, including policy, strategy, and operational levels. Participation is based on invitation, where the specific sessions are designed in collaboration with CIP partner organizations and board members as well as the key interests of the invited participants. The goal of the event is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the key convergence issues by leading global policy makers, executives, and experts in an open environment where all participants have an opportunity to partake in the dialogue.