Competitiveness

Innovation, including the diffusion of information technology throughout the economy, is key to boosting productivity, which in turn is at the heart of increasing living standards.

Ask Not What Innovation Can do for You; Ask What You Can do for Innovation

March 21, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

A nation focused only on the present generation would not invest in the future. Why pay higher taxes and prices to support government and corporate investments in research, education, and infrastructure when the benefits accrue to future generation? In other words, innovation is fundamentally a selfless act: it’s about giving up some of our current consumption for future innovation benefits, some of which, at least, will benefit our children. You might say, “so what.” Here’s what. There is a growing selfishness and preference for current consumption today in America and around the world. And this plays out it in the two critical drivers of innovation: creation of knowledge (e.g., research and development) and the presence of large markets to ensure adequate revenue to reinvest back into knowledge creation. Both are under threat today.

Ready for an Uncertain Future? Revitalizing the Organizational Skill Set

March 13, 2013
| Presentations

Growth? Recession? Disruptive change? New competition? Social unrest? Rarely has even the near term future seemed so uncertain. Market-leading firms must be ready for whatever is to come. ITIF president Rob Atkinson will present at this one-day conference to iscuss how firms are revitalizing their workforces to prepare for a highly uncertain business future where increasingly “the readiness is all.”

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Revenge of the Luddites

February 26, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

In a world where innovation is consciously limited, incomes will increase more slowly and technological progress to improve health and provide new products and services will be impaired. If Americans want the country to regain its position as global innovation leader, replacing neo-Ludditism with good old fashioned American risk taking and faith in the future needs to be at the top of the agenda.

True Innovation Doesn’t Flow from a Pipeline

Globe and Mail
Rob Atkinson stressed to the Toronto "Globe and Mail" Canada's need to step up in the race for global advantage.

Europe's Real Innovation Challenge

February 25, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Europe and America possess real innovation strengths. But unless they recognize the global nature of the innovation competitiveness challenge, and respond to it, we must expect slow growth, anemic job creation and rising budget deficits to be the dominant features of tomorrow, wrote Rob Atkinson in this special op-ed of the Spring 2013 issue of Europe's World.

Making America Competitive Again: Restoring U.S. Innovation Leadership

February 14, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:45am
Capitol Visitor Center
United States Capitol
Room HVC-201
Washington
DC
20510

In the last six months, three major books or reports have been released that raise serious concerns about the faltering state of U.S. innovation and competitiveness. These works share four critical themes: 1) The U.S. Read more »

Making America Competitive Again: Restoring U.S. Innovation Leadership

February 14, 2013
An event that will explore the causes, evidence, and consequences of faltering U.S. competitiveness.

In the last six months, three major books or reports have been released that raise serious concerns about the faltering state of U.S. innovation and competitiveness. These works share four critical themes: 1) The U.S. Read more »

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Silicon Valley and Immigrant Groups Find Common Cause

The New York Times
The odds of high-skilled immigration reform passing without comprehensive reform is close to zero, and the odds of comprehensive passing without high-skilled passing is close to zero.

The Competitiveness Gap: The True Cause of the Global Recession

February 11, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

It was heartening to read Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent Lord Banquet Speech about the need to better prepare Great Britain for the global economic race. The prime minister articulated the need for a comprehensive plan of reforms to enhance innovation and improve Britain’s industrial competitiveness. It shows that, unlike America, Britain is recognizing the broader systemic causes of the global recession and moving past old ideas and theories that do not match our current reality.

Perspectives on Global Enterprises, Corporate Location Decisions, and U.S. Policy Challenges

February 4, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Reserve Officer Association