Paulo N. Figueiredo

(Last updated in: 09/03/2018 - 1:30pm)

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Educational Background

  • PhD in Science and Technology Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, UK.
  • Master’s in Public Administration, Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV).
  • Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Mato Grosso do Sul Federal University (UFMS).


Paulo N. Figueiredo is a Full Professor at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration, Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV/EBAPE), which he joined in 1999. He is also a Senior Research Associate, Oxford University, UK.

His career began in 1981 in the industrial sector, where he held managerial positions from 1983 to 1989. In 1990 onwards, he specialized in teaching and research activities focused on technological development and industrial innovation in developing/emerging economies.

For the past twenty years he has been teaching undergraduate and graduate (lato and stricto sensu) courses in technology and innovation management, contributing directly to the education and training of more than 5,000 professionals. He has supervised almost fifty monographs, dissertations and theses, with many of his former students holding senior business and government management positions.

His track-record in academic research stretches back through two decades of exploring the nature, causes and consequences of technological capability-building processes in companies and industries in developing/emerging economies. In the mid–1990s he was an international pioneer in the application and development of new methodological techniques and typologies for obtaining and analysing evidence of the levels, dynamics (speed) and sources of technological capabilitys among companies in developing/emerging economies.

In 1999 he founded and still heads the Technological Learning and Industrial Innovation in Brazil Research Program at FGV/EBAPE, through which he has conducted more than twenty research projects, six of them simultaneously. These projects were funded by Brazilian and international research funding agencies and industry, accepted through competitive selection processes.

His research approach is focused firmly on longitudinal studies, often covering decades and based on extensive fieldwork and sysThemetic triangulation of evidence-gathering and analysis techniques. His research projects encompass innovative designs and empirical analyses that have foster a better international understanding of the intricate process through which companies in developing/emerging economies accumulate (or fail to accumulate) innovative technological capabilities and achieve (or fail to achieve) technological and industrial leadership.

His research findings have been published as books, book chapters and papers in academic journals such as Research Policy; Industrial and Corporate Change; World Development; Technovation; International Journal of Technology Management; Asian Journal of Technology Innovation; Oxford Development Studies; Journal of Evolutionary Economics; Technological Forecasting and Social Change; Journal of Management Studies; and the Canadian Journal of Development Studies.

He has systematically conveyed his research findings to business managers and government policymakers through briefings, seminars, workshops and public hearings as input for designing business strategies and drawing up public policies.

He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development (IJTLID) – Inderscience Publishers -

Research Projects for Government Agencies

  • Technological Innovation Capability-Building, Learning and Institutional Frameworks in Latin America’s Natural Resource-Processing Industries: Experiences from Argentina, Brazil and Chile. International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada [Project Leader]
  • Innovative Technology Capacity-Building, Learning Processes and Changes in Institutional Frameworks: Empirical Analysis at the Corporate Level in Natural Resource Processing Base Sectors in Brazil (CNPq Announcement/Universal Announcement 14/2011 Proceeding Nº 474066/2011-8 [Project Leader]
  • Catch-Up, Post-Catch-Up and Technological Leadership: A Transition Model based on Creative Socio-Technical System - In Search of Post Catch-up Theory. (Department of Management Science, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). KoreaNational Research Foundation) [Pesquisador colaborador]
  • Building up Innovative Technological Capabilities, Learning Mechanisms and Institutional Frameworks. Proceeding Nº 301218/2010-2. Call Announcement: Productivity in Research – PQ2 [Project Leader]
  • New Frontiers Project (CAPES/PROCAD): Qualification and Advanced Training for Faculty and Students, Academic Master’s in Administration (CMAAd), Ceará State University (UECE). New Frontiers PROCAD Announcement Nº 08/2008/003.

Fields of Interest

His research interests focus on the search for new explanations of the nature, dynamics, sources and consequences of the technological capability building processes at the corporate level in developing/emerging economies, more specifically:

  • Nature and dynamics of innovation capability-building processes in local companies the subsidiaries of multinational corporations;
  • Technology learning processes and their effects on technological capability-building
  • Impacts of technological innovation on competitive business performances (technical, economic, financial, market, environmental and social)
  • Influence of organizational factors on innovation processes in companies;
  • Role of technological capabilities in companies and industrial sectors for industrial processing activities
  • Nature of industrial, scientific and technological policies and their impacts on the technological development and competitiveness of companies and industrial sectors;
  • Formation and development of institutions and their role in the growth and transformation of industry.


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

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