ICT and Innovation: Evolving Opportunities


Thomas Andersson, Jonkoping University, Sweden

Research on the economic significance of ICT has gradually moved the focus from the production to the user side. In parallel, innovation has ceased to be viewed as the outcome of a linear process leading from science and technology, towards the notion of an interactive system where innovation is the product of two-way exchanges between the supply of knowledge and the demand for solutions to real world problems. Fulfilling the potential of ICT and innovation requires further reform, however, in order for users and the demand side to be more effective in pulling technologies to perform in the interest of society and of human beings.

About the speaker
Thomas Andersson is president of Jonkoping University and professor of economics at Jonkoping International Business School. He is also Chairman of the board of the International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development (IKED) and Chairman of the International Council of the Global Trust Center (GTC). He has previously been Deputy Director for Science, Technology and Industry at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Assistant Under-Secretary and Head of the Structural Policy Secretariat in the Swedish Ministry of Industry and Commerce. He became associate professor (docent) at the Stockholm School of Economics in 1993 and has been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, Bank of Japan, Hitotsubashi University, and Sao Paulo University.

Venue: Conference Room, 4th floor, Keizer Karelplein 19

Date: 22 January 2008

Time: 14:30 - 16:00


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