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Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution a Paradigm Shift?  
Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution a Paradigm Shift? As economic development practitioners, we often wonder how emerging technological and social changes might affect the people we work with. How will new technologies affect the regions and value chains we work with? How will developing countries…  
World Economic Forum and the fourth industrial revolution in South Africa  
World Economic Forum and the fourth industrial revolution in South Africa This paper focuses on the fourth industrial revolution and the concept as promoted by the World Economic Forum, international consultancies, governments and multinational firms. World Economic Forum and the fourth industrial…  
Framing the concepts that underpin discontinuous technological change  
Framing the concepts that underpin discontinuous technological change The paper takes the form of a literature study on the topic of technological change, innovation and building technological capabilities. For this paper, research and content contributions were also made by Mbofholowo Tsedu…  
Mapping the meso space that enables technological change, productivity improvement and innovation in the manufacturing sector  
Mapping the meso space that enables technological change, productivity improvement and innovation in the manufacturing sector This paper focuses on meso organisations and policies that strengthen the technological capability of the country or industry to enable change, adaptation and economic…  
Identifying the meso organisations that strengthen technological capability  
Identifying the meso organisations that strengthen technological capability During the past year, Mesopartner has been working with the Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) and the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in South Africa to develop a strategy to identify and respond to…  
Responding to technological change by promoting learning and skills upgrading in the economy  
Responding to technological change by promoting learning and skills upgrading in the economy In Article 9 of this Annual Reflection, Strengthening technological capability, two important sub-systems at the meso level are mentioned. The two sub-systems are made up of the technological institutions…  
Assisting South Africa to prepare for discontinuous change and the future of production  
Assisting South Africa to prepare for discontinuous change and the future of production During 2018, Shawn Cunningham, was contracted by the Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) to assist with research on several research papers. This series of papers was commissioned by the…  
Meso organisations assessment framework  
Meso organisations assessment framework Meso organisations assessment framework Meso organisations assessment framework Meso organisations assessment framework Meso organisations assessment framework Meso organisations assessment framework Meso organisations assessment framework Meso organisations…  
Why should we work on the meta level, even if it’s difficult?  
Why should we work on the meta level, even if it’s difficult? Systemic Competitiveness (SysCo) is a guiding framework for private sector development in the context of development cooperation. It distinguishes four interlinked levels of intervention: the micro, the meso, the macro and the meta…  
Returning to basic principles: Common denominators of the Mesopartner and the EU smart specialization approaches  
Returning to basic principles: Common denominators of the Mesopartner and the EU smart specialization approaches Common denominators between the Mesopartner philosophy and the smart specialisation logic Returning to basic principles: Common denominators of the Mesopartner and the EU smart…  
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