Category Archives: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Ten-year Evolution of EU Industrial R&D in the Global Context

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has recently launched the following Policy brief: “Ten-year evolution of EU industrial R&D in the global context” by Pietro Moncada-Paternò-Castello and Hector Hernández. Key messages: • More than a quarter of the industrial investment in global R&D is made by EU companies. • In the last decade …
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Global Innovation Index 2018

The Global Innovation Index (GII) provides detailed metrics about the innovation performance of 126 countries which represent 90.8% of the world’s population and 96.3% of global GDP. Its 80 indicators explore a broad vision of innovation, including political environment, education, infrastructure and business sophistication. The GII 2018 marks the 11th edition of the GII, and …
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Reshaping Urban Mobility with Autonomous Vehicles: Lessons from the City of Boston

Autonomous vehicles will radically transform how people and goods are transported around cities. What steps do government leaders need to take to ensure the future of mobility remains safe, clean and accessible for all people? The report “Reshaping Urban Mobility with Autonomous Vehicles: Lessons from the City of Boston“, co-published by the World Economic Forum …
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Heterogeneity of Technology-specific R&D Investments. Evidence from Top R&D Investors Worldwide

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has recently launched the following Working Paper: “Heterogeneity of technology-specific R&D investments. Evidence from top R&D investors worldwide” by Petros Gkotsis and Antonio Vezzan. In this work, they develop and apply a methodology to estimate technology-specific R&D investments at the firm level and then use these to …
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Automation, Digitalisation and Platforms: Implications for Work and Employment

The onset of the digital revolution has resulted in technological advances that are constantly evolving. A key element of concern to policymakers is the impact that these changes will have on the world of work and employment. This report reviews the history of the digital revolution to date, placing it in the context of other …
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State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2018

The report was launched recently at the Innovate4Climate (I4C) conference – the World Bank Group’s flagship annual event on climate finance, investment and markets which brings together global business, policy and finance leaders to discuss innovative climate finance solutions. The annual State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2018 report shows that carbon pricing continues to …
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Maximizing the Return on Digital Investments

The World Economic Forum has recently published the “Maximizing the Return on Digital Investments” paper, in collaboration with Accenture (Digital Transformation Initiative). Digital technologies offer new ways for companies to grow and be more productive. However, it is not completely clear how investments in new technologies impact productivity. This paper addresses that issue by analysing …
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The Digital Economy, Multinational Enterprises and International Investment Policy

The digital economy has had a profound impact on the global business landscape. It has given rise to new firms and industries, transformed business models in traditional industries, and, as a key factor underpinning global value chains (GVCs), reshaped the organisation of the global economy. This is generating new challenges and opportunities for the international …
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Library Newsletter: Entrepreneurship

Enterprise is the core engine of economic growth. It’s broadly accepted that without enterprise and entrepreneurs there would be very little innovation, less productivity growth and even fewer new jobs being created. According to the management consultant and author John Hagel, entrepreneurs are people who see an opportunity to create value and are willing to …
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Blockchain Beyond the Hype

The World Economic Forum has recently published the “Blockchain Beyond the Hype: A Practical Framework for Business Leaders” paper. This common sense and practical framework is designed to assist executives in understanding whether blockchain is an appropriate and helpful tool for their business needs. It starts from the premise that blockchain is merely a technology – …
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