Senior Research Associate
Paulo N. Figueiredo began his professional activities in 1981 in the industrial sector in Western Brazil. From 1983 to 1989 he took up managerial positions in manufacturing and service companies. From 1990 he engaged permanently in teaching and research activities in the area of technological development in the context of developing and emerging economies.
In 1999 he became a faculty member of the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE) at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV). Since then he has been fully dedicated to research and teaching activities.
In 1999 he founded and still heads up the Research Programme on Technological Learning and Industrial Innovation in Brazil at EBAPE/FGV. Its purpose is to advance the understanding of the process of technological development and innovation - its causes and consequences - at the level of firms, industries, clusters and regions in Latin America, especially in Brazil.
Specifically, the Research Programme seeks to generate inputs for the design and/or re-design and implementation of government and corporate strategies oriented to the effectiveness of the innovation process, the improvement of technical and economic performance of firms and industries and the strengthening of the international competitiveness of Brazil's industry. Over the past 10 years this Research Programme has generated more than 20 studies on the innovation process in firms from different industrial sectors and regions around Brazil and nearly 40 master's degree theses.
The findings of these studies have been published in international academic journals such as: Research Policy; Industrial and Corporate Change; World Development; Technovation; International Journal of Technology Management; Oxford Development Studies; Journal of International Business Studies; Science Technology & Society; UNU-INTECH Discussion Papers Series; ILO; International Journal of Technology and Globalization; Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice; Journal of Technology Management & Innovation; Sanjaya Lall Programme for Technology and Management for Development Working Paper Series (Queen Elizabeth House); Journal of Commercial Biotechnology e Asian Journal of Technology Innovation. The research findings also appear in a number of academic journals in Brazil. Some of the studies have contributed to influencing government policy decision-making in Brazil.
Studies generated under this Research Programme over the past 10 years have led to active and fruitful interactions with international research groups such as those located at the University of Sussex/SPRU, University of Oxford, University of Manchester (UK), Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech, US), Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland), UNCTAD (Genéve) and UNIDO (Viena).
In terms of teaching, Paulo N. Figueiredo has been actively and intensively involved in different teaching programmes within EBAPE/FGV including undergraduate courses, master, doctorate and executive education programmes. His courses focus on topics related to technological capability building and innovation in firms and industries in developing and emerging economies.
Since 2000 he has also been teaching the course "Management of Technology and Innovation" for top officers of the Brazilian Army, through the Getulio Vargas Foundation.