nep-ppm New Economics Papers
on Project, Program and Portfolio Management
Issue of 2021‒05‒31
six papers chosen by
Arvi Kuura
Tartu Ülikool

  1. Public Support of Innovative Activity in Small and Large Firms in Mexico By Guerrero, Maribel; Link, Albert
  2. The territorial dimension in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: A methodological guide for strategic planning in a territory By -
  3. Building a GIS Workshop for High School Students By Orr, Meghan; Olson, Ben; Carballo, Angelina; Garcia, Alondra; O'Brien, Thomas
  4. Morocco Land Productivity Project: Evaluation Design Report By Anthony Harris; Anthony D'Agostino; Sara Litke-Farzaneh; Beryl Seiler; Matt Sloan
  5. The employment destination of PhD-holders in Italy: non-academic funded projects as drivers of successful segmentation By Giulio Marini
  6. Interregional Cooperation and Smart Specialisation: a Lagging Regions Perspective By WOOLFORD Jayne; AMANATIDOU Effie; GERUSSI Elisa; BODEN John Mark

  1. By: Guerrero, Maribel (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics); Link, Albert (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Economics)
    Abstract: The National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT) was established in 1970 by the Mexican government. CONACYT was formed to promote the scientific development and technological modernization of Mexico through developing high-level human resources, encouraging research projects, and disseminating scientific/technological information. In 2009, CONACYT launched the Innovation Stimulus Program (PEI) to foster enterprises’ innovation activities and to encourage collaboration on innovation activities among firms and between firms and public research institutes and higher education institutions. Based on an analysis of project data from the PEI program over the years 2009 through 2014 we found that large firms are more innovative than small firms. And, firms that are more innovative are those that had prior funded research, collaborated with universities in the funded research project, added new employees during the research project, and faced larger markets for their innovations.
    Keywords: Public program evaluation; innovation; R&D; Mexico;
    JEL: H32 O25 O31 O38 O54
    Date: 2021–05–19
  2. By: -
    Abstract: The purpose of this document is to make available a methodological guide to the territory’s actors in order to promote reflection on development practices in the field, taking the subnational level as the unit of analysis. That could be a municipality, an intermunicipal area, or a cross-border area, among others. This proposal offers a minimum of content and methodology that can be maximized by reading other texts suggested in the bibliography.
    Date: 2021–05–13
  3. By: Orr, Meghan; Olson, Ben; Carballo, Angelina; Garcia, Alondra; O'Brien, Thomas
    Abstract: Geographic information systems (GIS) are an increasingly relevant tool being used in a variety of workforces. While education on GIS is well developed at the collegiate level and in workforce training programs, it is underutilized in K-12 settings. Research indicates that learning GIS can improve spatial and critical thinking skills in students, key elements for excelling in a variety of careers. Best practices indicate that teaching GIS through projects in a cross disciplinary setting (i.e., including math, science, and writing elements to projects), students may retain even more information about the subject matters and develop a greater interest in STEM and GIS related fields. Incorporating projects that are salient to student life such as themes of sustainability may increase student interest as well. Instructor fluency in GIS and mapping was found to be key to successful GIS education as well. When developing a GIS workshop, the authors recommend incorporating interdisciplinary projects that are salient to student interest, and pair it with a teacher educator workshop that highlights the benefits of using GIS in an educational setting. With the limited time of a single day workshop, focusing on gaining buy-in and explaining feasibility will be key to any successful workshop. View the NCST Project Webpage
    Keywords: Education, GIS, Education, K-12, Project-based learning, Workshops
    Date: 2021–05–01
  4. By: Anthony Harris; Anthony D'Agostino; Sara Litke-Farzaneh; Beryl Seiler; Matt Sloan
    Abstract: The evaluation report for the Morocco Land Productivity Project outlines the impact evaluation and two performance evaluations Mathematica is designing and implementing to address research questions on project outcomes, implementation, and sustainability for the Rural and Industrial Land activities.
    Keywords: Morocco, Morocco Compact II, melkisation, rural land, industrial land, land titles, collective land, industrial zone, PPP, demonstration zone
  5. By: Giulio Marini (Quantitative Social Sciences Centre in the Social Research Institute, University College London)
    Abstract: In all developed countries in recent years, the non-academic labour market destination of PhD-holders (segmentation) has emerged as an issue. Universities and other research-intensive institutions can no longer absorb the major share of PhD-holders. Their employment has become a matter of segmentation both in horizontal (economic sector) and in vertical (income) dimensions. The paper tests what factors segment labour market outcomes in both dimensions – economic sector and income. Findings suggest that whilst scientific mobility and type of funding during PhD period do not play a notable role, some types of experiences such as post-doc, instead, predict exit from academic employment and also a higher income overall. The most significant experiences that contribute to segmentation are in fact projects funded by private companies or international organizations in postdoctoral periods. Policy-making implications are relevant for both PhD-holders, universities and external organizations. For instance, non-academic employers may maximise their collaborations with universities with beneficial outcomes for PhD-holders themselves as well
    Keywords: doctoral holders, employability, industry-university relations, post-doctoral funding, self-employment, natural experiment, Italy
    JEL: I23 I25 I26 J21 J24 J31 J62 O32 C36
    Date: 2021–05–01
  6. By: WOOLFORD Jayne (European Commission - JRC); AMANATIDOU Effie; GERUSSI Elisa (European Commission - JRC); BODEN John Mark (European Commission - JRC)
    Abstract: This report has been prepared as part of the Lagging Regions project of the JRC, which aims to support the implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies in selected low-growth and less developed regions in EU member states.In the 2021-2027 programming period, smart specialisation strategies will be required to meet a series of fulfilment criteria around the relevant "enabling condition" of good governance. One such criterion relates to international collaboration, or ‘measures for enhancing cooperation with partners in different countries in areas designated as priority areas for smart specialisation’. Within this context of a new governance framework for a new programming period, the Lagging Regions project aimed to explore the implications for a specific set of regions and develop and disseminate relevant policy lessons. The potential for Lagging Regions to participate in interregional and international cooperation remains under-exploited, and this report determines specific challenges as well as potential benefits and opportunities that are relevant for low-growth and low-income regions to support them in their preparations for the 2021-2027 programming period. An exploration of interregional and international cooperation aims to contribute to a better understanding of its role in strengthening innovation ecosystems and its interaction with Smart Specialisation in the context of Lagging Regions.
    Keywords: Lagging Regions, smart specialisation, interregional
    Date: 2021–05

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