What We Are

Over the last decade, the concept of innovation has enlarged. To product and process innovation would add the nature of organization innovation and marketing. The innovative process, before focusing on the generation and linear use of knowledge, nowadays includes dynamic and interactive forms, of production, application, and distribution of innovative knowledge. the classical models of three components, involving business-university-government, have become much more complex when the financial sector (especially venture capital), habitats of innovation (incubators, technology parks, and centers, technology areas, APLS) and numerous entities of intermediation (technology brokers, and other support) were included.

Contemporary challenging tasks are: (i) the adequacy of governance and management of innovation process, and (ii) the formulation and implementation of public policies that encourage business competitiveness in international standard and at the same time, contribute to sustainable development in economic, environmental, social and cultural terms. This challenge is even greater for Brazil, which still must overcome serious lacks in the fields of physical infrastructure and knowledge.

How to change from the paradigm of policies for policies to policies for innovation? How to change from the habitual thought that innovation is the sole responsibility of R&D area to a modern business vision, where innovation is an opportunity for the entire organization?

It is this exciting scenario that PGT works, adding multidisciplinary skills of USP to produce knowledge through advanced research in cooperation with the best centers alike; to develop skills for the exercise of executive, public management, and academic leadership functions, and generate solutions which help society to make innovation a structuring axis of progress.

Created by USP professors who, with the support centers in the U.S., introduced in Brazil the then growing field of technological innovation, the PGT was established in 1981 and in 1993, formalized as a Research Support Center, linked to USP’s Research Pro-rectory. The Center has incorporated the skills of the former Science and Technology Management Program (PACTo), known in Latin America for their training activities, scientific events, and publications.