Five states—Massachusetts, Washington, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey—are leading the United States’ transformation into a global, entrepreneurial and knowledge- and innovation-based New Economy, according to The 2008 State New Economy Index, released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).
The report, written by Robert Huggins, Hiro Izushi, Will Davies, and Luo Shougui, represents the fifth edition of the World Knowledge Competitiveness Index (WKCI), the first composite and relative measure of the knowledge economies of the world’s leading regions.
The WKCI is an integrated and overall benchmark of the knowledge capacity, capability and sustainability of each region,
The presentation of Dr. Dean Spitzer disucsses issues of innovation measurement in enterprises. Measurement is crucial for success, but it is an imperfect art, as practiced by most organizations. Too often, the focus is on accepted, technical measures, rather than on the specific needs of individuals involved and the desired outcomes.
Approximately two-thirds of the award winning U.S. innovations involve some kind of interorganizational collaboration—a situation that reflects the more collaborative nature of the innovation process and the greater role in private sector innovation by government agencies, federal laboratories, and research universities, according to a new report by the Information Technology and Innovation Forum (ITIF) on the U.S. innovation system.
A new guidebook on regional benchmarking was produced by the IRE Secretariat, which provides an overview of the methodologies developed by eight regional innovation policy impact assessment and benchmarking projects carried out during 2005-2008. The projects on which the guidebook is based are ARISE, EMERIPA, EURO-COOP, IASMINE, IMPACTSCAN, INNOWATCH, MERIPA, and OMEN.
For 2008, the LEED Programme is implementing several transversal and cutting-edge studies on the themes of partnerships and local governance, entrepreneurship, foreign direct investment and local development, skills upgrading for the low-qualified, the integration of immigrants into the labour market, women entrepreneurship, integrating employment, skills and economic development, and city and regional development agencies.
Countries, regions and cities are invited to express their interest in participating in these projects, which include: