The Intelligent Community Forum announced, on November 18, its Smart 21 Communities. The cities selected are now finalists for the Forum’s Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year, which is the major award of the ICF.
The challenge facing companies is to provide the right products in the right quantity at the right place and time, but as product life cycles become ever shorter while technology evolves ever more quickly, efficient and responsive supply chains are crucial for maintaining competitiveness.
The BusinessWeek magazine has published a cover story called “the Web Smart 50” that looks at how innovative companies, schools, and non profits are using the Web to improve sales, management, customers service, and marketing.
In the 21st century, knowledge has become the most essential resource for urban competitiveness. City-Regions as Intelligent Territories is an international research project funded by the EU R&D Framework Programme. The project contributes in the understanding of territorial learning processes, knowledge dissemination and transfer, and social networks in a number of different urban environments.
American business executives are enthusiastic about innovation prospects globally, according to the 2005 Innovation Survey released by the Council on Competitiveness and New Economy Strategies. This finding is consistent with the growing evidence of significant investments abroad in science and technology.
Finland is a country that has successfully transformed itself into a knowledge economy in a short time. The Finnish experience of the 1990s represents one of the few examples of how knowledge can become the driving force of economic growth and transformation.
The Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission and the United States Department of Commerce have published the final report of their working group on venture capital, advised by industry representatives and academia. The report presents the state of venture capital investing and makes recommendations about global policy learning.