Who we are

CatChain is a major 4-year research program, led by ICRIOS in Bocconi University, which involves 12 international Partners based in Europe (Greece, the Netherlands, Estonia, France and Spain) and in Third Countries developing countries (India, Brazil, Costa Rica, Malaysia, South Africa, Republic of Korea).


In order to reach its goals, the research is organised around a joint exchange project figuring European Universities, Policy Actors and Institutions in the fields of International Trade and Globalisation, Development Economics, Economics and Management of Innovation and Technology, Business Model Innovation, Industrial Policy, Data Management and Statistics (INTRAGLOBEMIT). The above-mentioned actors are connected internationally with renowned universities and research centers located in both the developed and developing world. These multidisciplinary group will allow the project to have a strong focus on the delivery of innovation with rigorous scientific methodologies.


The complete list of partners can be found here:



Università Bocconi — UB-ICRIOS

Università Bocconi, founded in 1902, has been a pillar of Italy‘s social and economic modernisation for more than a century. The university founding values of being a major research university, with democratic values and open to the world, has made Bocconi University an expert in the implementation of joint research and international cooperation projects. ICRIOS is a research center at Università Bocconi, founded to be a reference point for cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary and collaborative research on innovation, organisation and strategy, with the explicit objective to influence in a significant way both the academic debate and management practice.

National Technical University of Athens — NTUA-LIEE

Founded in 1837, The National Technical University of Athens is among the oldest higher education institutions of Greece. The valuable work of NTUA and its international reputation are due to its well-organised educational and research system, the quality of its staff and students, and the adequacy of its technical infrastructure. The primary institutional component of the NTUA’s mission, effected through the integrated complex of studies and research, is to provide advanced higher education of outstanding quality in science and technology. The Laboratory of Industrial and Energy Economics is the oldest academic research unit at the university. LIFE research mission focuses on several topics, including the study of innovation, research networks, knowledge flows, international competitiveness as well as the socioeconomic impact of technological development and globalisation.

Universiteit Maastricht — UNU-MERIT 

The United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) is a research and training institute of United Nations University in collaboration with Maastricht University. The institute carries out research and training on a range of social, political and economic factors that drive economic development in a global perspective. Special emphasis is given to the process of technological change and innovation, policy analysis and evaluation,  the social aspects of growth and development and the relationship between global development and migration.

Institute of Baltic Studies — IBS

The Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS) is an independent, non-profit policy research and development think tank based in Estonia that aims at assisting the development of public policy in the Baltic Sea region by providing high-quality socio-economic analysis. IBS main areas of expertise fall into three broad domains: science, technology and innovation policy, industrial economics and regional development; social cohesion policies in the areas of labour, migration and development, immigrant integration and fundamental rights; policy analysis, policy and Programme evaluation and impact assessment studies.


Tallinn University of Technology — TUT-RNS

Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), founded in 1918, is one of the leading universities in the Eastern Baltic Sea Region. TUT is a university which responds actively to the needs of the rapidly developing society and is involved in tackling the challenges of the digital era. The TalTech campus is also a home to more than 200 high-tech companies. The university aims at contributing to the sustainable development of the society and increased national prosperity with its innovative services. The Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance (RND) at Tallinn University of Technology is one of the largest public administration and innovation research centers in Central and Eastern as well as Northern Europe. RND focuses on cutting-edge research on Public Management systems and reforms, e-governance and public-sector innovation as well as technology governance and innovation policy.



Grenoble Ecole of Management — EESC-GEM

Grenoble École de Management (GEM) is a French graduate business school specialised in business and management. It was founded in 1984 in Grenoble by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Grenoble. GEM is known for its teaching in business strategy, finance, and technology management. The school is one of the 76 schools in the world (1%) to have obtained the triple accreditation: EQUIS by the EFMD, AMBA, and the AACSB. Its main field of expertise comprise deliberate and emergent strategies of innovation, information and communication technologies, new product development, and emerging business models.


Universidad Complutense de Madrid — UCM-ICEI

The Complutense University of Madrid is a public research university located in Madrid, and one of the oldest universities in the world. The university is widely regarded as the most prestigious academic institution in Spain. The Complutense Institute for International Studies (ICEI) since its establishment, has advanced the Complutense University of Madrid´s international presence through its research, postgraduate programs, collaboration with other institutions to bring together specialist from various disciplines, and the fact that it has maintained continuous efforts to pursue scientific innovation and technological developments.  Advanced and quality research remain a priority for the University, and the ICEI has made remarkable programs and projects ranging from educational publications such as Claves de la Economía Mundial, to groundbreaking new economic research, social and labor relations, trends in scientific and technological innovation, and international cooperation.


Center for Development Study Society — CDS

The Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Kerala, India is a social science research institution. Its main objective is to promote research, teaching and training in disciplines relevant to development. Founded by the legendary economist Professor K. N. Raj, is an international renowned, self-governing institution. It is known for its cutting edge research in applied economics, development economics and pedagogy.


Universidade Estadual de Campinas — UEC-DPCT

The University of Campinas, commonly called Unicamp, is a public research university in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Unicamp is consistently ranked among the top universities in Brazil and Latin America. Established in 1962, Unicamp was designed from scratch as an integrated research center unlike other top Brazilian universities, usually created by the consolidation of previously existing schools and institutes. The university is a young institution but one that has already developed a strong tradition in education, research and service to society.


The National University of Costa Rica — UNA-CINPE

The National University of Costa Rica was created in 1973 in the province of Heredia. During its developmental phase, it brought together some of the greatest minds in Latin America at the time. This phase is defined as the "Universidad Necesaria" and laid the foundation for an institution that serves the underprivileged in Costa Rica and offers access to a superior education for all.  UNA offers more than 65 graduate and postgraduate degree programs in various fields, such as natural sciences, earth and marine sciences, education, social sciences, health sciences, philosophy, literature and arts. CINPE is a research center, part of the National University, that works in five thematic areas: Economics of Innovation, Quality of life and Labour Markets, Environmental and Ecological Economics, Economics of regulation and rural development.


The University of Malaya — UM-MY

The University of Malaya is an internationally renowned institution of higher learning in research, innovation, publication and teaching. Their mission is to advance knowledge and learning through quality research and education for the nation and for humanity. Established in 1957, is the main research center in Malaysia.


Tshwane University of Technology — TUT-FMS

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) is a higher education institution in South Africa that came into being through a merger of three technikons — Technikon Northern Gauteng, Technikon North-West and Technikon Pretoria. As the number of students registering annually grows rapidly, records show that Tshwane University of Technology caters for approximately 60,000 students and it has become the largest residential higher education institution in South Africa. It comprises up to six satellite campuses. These campuses include Pretoria, Soshanguve, Ga-Rankuwa, Witbank(eMalahleni), Nelspruit and Polokwane campuses. Two faculties, namely the Faculties of Science and The Arts, have dedicated campuses in the Pretoria city centre.

Center for Economic Catch-up — CEC

The CEC was started as a research unit belonging to a bigger institute, called the East Asia Institute founded in May 2002 by the initiative of former Prime Minister of Korea, Lee Hong-Koo. From 2008, it has become  independent. The CEC focuses on economic subjects. Specifically, it aims to conduct academic and policy-oriented research on the topics broadly related to the phenomenon of economic catch-up. It has been doing research on the following issues: capability building of the private sector in developing countries; innovation and technological strategies, industrial and trade policies, corporate governance and firm growth, IPR policies and strategies, university-industry linkages, human capital development and learning.

Roma Tre University – UNIROMA3

Roma Tre University was founded in 1992, it has rapidly grown in terms of enrolments as well as in the number of academic courses offered. It has gained a very good reputation in the most prominent academic rankings, especially among the most recently founded institutions.Roma Tre University is organized in 12 departments offering Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, Postgraduate and Advanced courses, PhDs and Specialisation Schools. A dynamic, modern and international university that has immediately characterised as the vital lever of the capital's urban development, within which it is now deeply rooted, contributing in changing the city’s identity with a persevering process of restructuring and re-using abandoned industrial buildings, converting them into factories of knowledge and research.

University for foreigners "Dante Alighieri" – UNIDA

University for foreigners "Dante Alighieri", with its headquarters in Reggio Calabria, is sponsored by the local committee of the "Dante Alighieri". The university has the means to divulgate through teaching and research activities Italian language, literature, art and culture and also Italian political, social, juridical and economic institutions through all their forms of expression. In particular, The Research Centre for the Mediterranean Relations (MEDAlics) promotes the studies focusing on the Mediterranean region. The Research Centre aims to create a network of relationships in the Mediterranean area, by fostering the research in the following topics: Innovation and applied economics; Management of technology with particular reference to ICT; Globalization of markets and international trade; Innovation systems in the Mediterranean area; Mediterranean Relations.