Paulo N. Figueiredo

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Educational Background

  • PhD in science, technology and innovation policy studies from the University of Sussex, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), United Kingdom;
  • Master’s in public administration from the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil;
  • Bachelor's degree in business administration from the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.


Paulo N. Figueiredo is full professor of technology and innovation management of the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (FGV EBAPE) at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), Brazil.

Senior Research Associate, University of Oxford, Department of International Development, United Kingdom.

Researcher, Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development.

Research Associate, Centre of New Developmentalism, São Paulo School of Business Administration (EAESP), FGV.

He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development (IJTLID), United Kingdom (

Member of the scientific council, The Eldorado Research Institute, São Paulo, Brazil (voluntary work).

In 1999, he set up – and still heads up – the Research Programme on Technological Learning and Industrial Innovation in Brazil at FGV EBAPE.

Paulo accumulates long-term experience in implementing locally and internationally funded research projects.

Over the past 20 years, his research has been published in highly ranked peer-reviewed academic journals.

He extensively interacts with policymakers and industry stakeholders to share his research findings and implications for government and business strategies.

Through his dedication to teaching activities over the past 30 years, Paulo has intensively been engaged in undergraduate courses, master’s and doctoral programmes, as well as in executive training programmes. He has supervised numerous theses.

Designer and coordinator of tailored courses of technology and innovation management through FGV for the Brazilian Army, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, and the Argentine government.

Founder and coordinator of the Executive MBA in Innovation and Technological Capability Management at FGV.

Designer and coordinator of the Technology and Innovation Management in Emerging Economies programme, Volkswagen University, Wolfsburg, Germany (2004-2015).

Ad-hoc consultant for The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria; The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Washington, USA; The World Bank, Washington, USA.

Prior to his full dedication to teaching and research activities, Paulo N Figueiredo used to work in medium-sized firms until the late 1980s where he took up managerial positions.

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Main funded research projects

Over the past 20 years his research has been funded, on a competitive basis, by international and Brazilian research funding agencies such as the International Development Research Centre – IDRC (Canada); the Department for International Development – DFID (United Kingdom); the State University of New York – SUNY/Lewin Institute, USA); the Nokia Research Institute (Finland), the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO); the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq, Brazil); and the Ministry of Industrial Development (Brazil). Listed below are some of his implemented research projects:

2018-2021 Technological capability accumulation, its sources and impacts on competitive performance: Evidence from firms of human health biotechnology in Brazil.
2010-2013/2017 Innovation capability building in multinational subsidiaries in Brazil.
2015-2017 Global value chains and the development of local suppliers in the mining industry in Latin America.
2013-2016  International research initiative on Brazil and Africa – IRIBA. Innovative activities and technological capabilities in Brazil’s soybean industry: The experience of EMBRAPA.
2012- 2014       Technological capability accumulation, learning processes, institutional frameworks: A firm-level analysis in natural resource-intensive industries in Brazil.
2009- 2012 Innovation capability building, learning and institutional frameworks in Latin American countries’ natural resource processing industries: Experiences from Argentina, Brazil and Chile.
2008-2009 Global talent index project – Brazil Chapter: An inter-country research project based on the supply, demand and estimates of Human Resources for Science and Technology (HRST) within BRICS countries.
2007-2008 Clusters, employment, environment and competitiveness: A cross continent study.
2005- 2007 Technological capability accumulation, innovation, technological learning and competitive performance:  Firm-level evidence from the forestry and pulp and paper industries in Brazil (1950-2006).
2006-2007 Technological capability accumulation and innovative performance: Evidence from information and communication technology in Brazil (1996-2006).
2000-2002 Firm-level technological capability accumulation and innovation in medium-sized firms in the automotive industry in Southern Brazil.
2000-2004 Policy regimes and firm-level technological capability accumulation and innovation in Manaus (Northern Brazil) and Klang Valley (Malaysia).

Fields of Interest

Paulo N. Figueiredo’s main research interests focus on the firm- and industry-level technological innovation capability accumulation, its causes and impacts on competitiveness, industrial development, and inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing and emerging economies, particularly in Latin America. The industries and firms covered by his research include natural resource-intensive, process-intensive, renewable energy and biotechnology.


MSc & PhD
Master's in Business Administration (MEX)
Master in Management (MiM)
Master's in Business Management (MEXi)

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