A Sino-Italian Perspective

Date: Friday, 25 March 2022, 12:30-13:30 CET

Open innovation (OI) has played a crucial role in the restructuration and transformation of local SMEs embedded in industrial parks. The Hongxing Innovation Valley located in Guzhen city, in Southeast China – which has traditionally been the lighting industrial park in China with more than 8000 manufacturing companies accounting for roughly 70% of the national lighting market -, has adopted a business incubator strategy to evolve from traditional LED manufacturing into an innovative business incubator attracting more than 200 designers from different countries (Italy, Belgium, Germany, etc.), more than 30 universities and research institutes partners and numerous manufacturing firms across China.

This research seminar jointly organised by ESSCA Shanghai and the EU*Asia Institute invites Mr Deng Qiuping, the founder of Hongxing Innovation Valley, and Italian architects and designers to discuss the role of open innovation and design in this transformation process.

Guiding questions:

Strategy and management:
  • How SMEs embedded in industrial parks, in the context of industrial upgrading, adopt a business incubator strategy to survive and prosper?
  • How the value proposition is created, captured and delivered within the Hongxing Innovation Valley?
  • What is the Italian approach of the industrial upgrading in the lighting and related accessories design and innovation?
  • How designers are/could contribute to develop and maintain the business incubation in this context?
  • To what extend the industrial property and intellectual property could constraint or drive this transformation?
  • How Italian designers could perceive the value within a business incubation?
  • Mr. Danilo De Roberto, Product Designer, Florence, Italy
    Ms. Valentina Iannazzone, Architect, Interior & Product Designer, Italy
  • Mr. Deng Qiuping (Michael), Senior Industrial Entrepreneur, Zhongshan, China
  • Prof. Gabriele GORETTI, Jiangnan University in Wuxi, China
  • Prof. Wei ZHAO, ESSCA School of Management, Angers
  • Prof. Sonia CHIKH M’HAMED, ESSCA School of Management, Angers
  • 12:30 – 12:40 Opening remarks, Prof. Sonia CHIKH M’HAMED and Prof. Wei ZHAO
  • 12:40 – 12:50 Hongxing Innovation Valley, From Manufacturing to Incubation: Mr. Deng Qiuping
  • 12:50 – 13:00 Design and Innovation approaches: An Italian perspective, Prof. Gabriele Goretti, Ms. Valentina Iannazzone and Mr. Danilo De Roberto
  • 13:00 – 13:30 Discussion, Q&A 
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