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Abdelkader Djeflat

Biography Professor Abdelkader Djeflat.
Prof. Abdelkader Djeflat
Prof. Abdelkader Djeflat

Professor of Economics at the University of Lille (USTL) in France. Previously Full Professor of Economics at the university of Oran in Algeria. Teaches industrial economics and the economics of technical change. Held several positions at the university of Oran: Dean of the Faculty and Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Faculty. Founder and current chairman of the MAGHTECH (Maghreb Technology) Network since 1994. Published about eighty articles in International Journals on the issues of technology transfer, Innovation and Knowledge Economy in the developing world mainly related to Maghreb and Mena region. Coordinated and published several books. Consultant to several Governments Ministries in the MENA region and International Organisations: ESCWA, Unesco, World Bank.


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Innovation systems and innovation take off in the era of knowledge economy: lessons and prospects from the MENA region, The systemic nature of innovation has evolved in recent years both for the theoretical point of the view and at the empirical level. The implications for policy makers are numerous. The course is intended to show students how the innovation process takes off from the theoretical and the empirical point of view in late coming countries with the idea of catch up. The systemic nature of the innovation process mobilises adequate innovation support systems. These need to be carefully studied. Case studies from innovation systems construction from the MENA region are presented. Lessons are drawn and new challenges are highlighted. The systemic nature of innovation is then broadened to incorporate what is more and more known as the knowledge system. Here students are shown how knowledge systems are becoming a key element in both growth of countries and competition of enterprises. In particular, the relationship between knowledge systems and innovation take off is highlighted.

From there on, the role and place of enterprises are examined and the new requirements of a competitive enterprise at the take off stage of innovation are highlighted. New challenges and requirements in both areas of innovation and knowledge systems are examined. These challenge concern both the successful integration of the enterprise in these new systems to which it highly contributes, but also what are the internal requirement. The new Knowledge assets include intellectual capital, knowledge marketing, and other intangible assets such as social capital and innovation networking. Case studies of successful innovative firms from the MENA region are examined and lessons drawn for firms in the rest of the region .

Finally, the new profiles of entrepreneurship knowledge, innovation and network oriented are examined. The attention of students is drawn to the fact that entrepreneurship has evolved significantly in recent years. These developments are closely linked to innovation and knowledge revolution. These include Inno-preneuriship, Knowledge entrepreneurship, techno-entrepreneurship, Uni-preneurship and the role of universities and Netpreneurship. All these are examined from a conceptual and instrumental point of view. Finally technopoles as a favourable ground for developing all these types of entrepreneurships are presented with concrete examples. Illustrative case studies are analysed.

Course structure

Part 1.
Innovation system & Knowledge systems

  • The systemic nature of the innovation process: theories , concepts and instruments
  • Recent developments : stakeholders, actors and frontiers 
  • Innovation support systems
  • The systemic nature of knowledge : Origins, concepts and theories
  • The architecture of knowledge systems
  • Innovation systems and knowledge systems at the frontier technology
  • Learning from the experiences of the MENA region


Part 2.
The enterprise system of knowledge and innovation at the stage of innovation take off

  • The different models and cycles of innovation take off at enterprise level
  • The new innovation and knowledge assets: intellectual capital, knowledge marketing, Innovation oriented social capital
  • Strategies using knowledge assets
  • Structuring the organisation for knowledge assets
  •  Innovation networks for competitive enterprises
  • Case studies of successful innovative firms using knowledge and innovation assets are analysed


Part 3.
The New profiles of entrepreneurship knowledge, innovation and network oriented

  • Inno-entrepreneuriship: concept origins and implementation: illustrative case study
  • Knowledge entrepreneurship
  • Unipreneurship and the role of universities: concepts, instruments and implementation
  • Netpreneurship: concepts, instruments and implementation and social capital 
  • Techno entrepreneurship: technopoles and their role in promoting entrepreneurship
  • Case studies


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