Category Archives: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Agile Cities: Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The world is urbanizing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming life at an unprecedented rate. Cities must be “agile” – able to move quickly and easily – to enable their citizens to thrive. “Agile Cities: Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution” unpacks the concept of agility and introduces guidelines for measuring agility in key …
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The Digital Enterprise: Moving from Experimentation to Transformation

While enormous resources are being spent on digital transformation programs by the private sector, the results are underwhelming. According to estimates, this year over $1.2 trillion will be spent by companies worldwide on their digital transformation efforts and yet analysis suggests that only 1% of these efforts will actually achieve or exceed their expectations. “The …
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The Future of Jobs Report 2018

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is interacting with other socio-economic and demographic factors to create a perfect storm of business model change in all industries, resulting in major disruptions to labour markets. New categories of jobs will emerge, partly or wholly displacing others. The skill sets required in both old and new occupations will change in …
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Building Block(chain)s for a Better Planet

This World Economic Forum report outlines how blockchain could disrupt the way the world manages environmental resources and help drive sustainable growth and value creation. It identifies more than 65 use-cases where blockchain can be applied to the world’s most-pressing environmental systems challenges, along with eight ‘game changers’ where the technology could fundamentally disrupt current …
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New Tasks in Old Jobs: Drivers of Change and Implications for Job Quality

The overview report “New tasks in old jobs: Drivers of change and implications for job quality” summarises the findings of 20 case studies looking at recent changes in the task content of five manufacturing occupations (car assemblers, meat processing workers, hand-packers, chemical products plant and machine operators and inspection engineers) as a result of factors …
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Industrial R&D Continued to Grow Substantially in 2017

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has recently launched the following Policy brief: “Industrial R&D continued to grow substantially in 2017” by Petros Gkotsis, Hector Hernández and Antonio Vezzani. In this Issue: • R&D funded by the business sector increased in the EU by 5.6%, below the 6.1% global rate and the US …
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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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