In recent years, the term innovation has been an exaggeratedly manipulated concept used by governing authorities, businessmen and academics, in order to try to sell a motive to those who want or need a change.
In the book Innovacities, Ph.D. Carlos Scheel Mayenberger, a research professor at the EGADE Business School, analyzes how some cities such as Barcelona, Medellin, Austin, Bogotá, Bangalore, and Monterrey have broken down the innovation paradigm to reach a moderate growth, and have become world-class players.
In this research, the methodology of innovacities (innovative cities) was designed and applied, which tries to determine, from a systemic point of view, the deterrents and drivers that can change the economic, political, social, technological, and ecological direction of a city.
“What happens when a current governing authority wishes to turn a city into a strong appealing one for high-value resources? Successful cases can be seen, such as Santiago, Chile, San Francisco, Manchester, Toulouse or Munich. However, almost all attempts to copy these cases have failed. ”
“The problem is that we still work with beliefs, structures, and practices of the last century and, on many occasions, of the 19th century. (Now) we live in an increasingly complex world, with unprecedented geopolitical, energy, and environmental conditions”, ponders the research professor in this interesting book.
The research professor also has several scientific publications on the topic of innovative cities, such as Innovative cities: In search of their disruptive characteristics.