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The Next Big Thing?

Trends Shaping Nordic Innovation

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Waste of electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) contains both hazardous and valuable materials. The European directive on WEEE gives producers and importers of EEE the responsibility to collect and treat WEEE. In order to evaluate the effectively of collecting schemes, it is necessary to know the quantity of WEEE generated. The purpose for this project has been to establish a method to measure amount of WEEE generated. It has also been developed a practical Excel model to demonstrate the method. The model is based on amount of EEE supplied to the market and the lifetimes of the products. The report describes in detail the development work and shows examples of calculation. The Excel model is available for documentation and demonstration, together with a user guidance. The project joint venture and Nordisk Council of Minister disclaim responsibility for how users might use the tool and its results.

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Supporting Open Innovation

From the perspective of innovation policy that promotes networking, there is particular reason to monitor the routes linking subsystems. “Connect and develop” is the name of the open innovation model adopted by Procter & Gamble and has been well-documented in the Harvard Business Review. This approach requires a very different network of channels to the traditional “research and develop” model. Universities, for example, should take a fresh look at how they move within these networks, because the innovation environment is changing for the more open and practice-oriented organisations. Network-based innovation policies aim at monitoring the condition of these routes (social capital and its various forms) and developing the necessary practical tools for improving network activities.

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