[EAS] Future of Innovation

pjk pjk at design.eng.yale.edu
Fri Mar 18 15:29:29 EST 2005

Subject:   Future of Innovation

(from The Scout Report -- March 18, 2005)

The Knowledge Economy: Is the United States Losing Its Competitive
Edge? [pdf]


In recent years, there has been a great deal of national and
international talk about the so-called "knowledge economy" which is
of particular interest to policy-makers, economists, and a host of
other groups. One of the consortium groups interested in the
knowledge economy is the Task Force on the Future of American
Innovation. The Task Force is comprised of a number of related
member organizations (including the American Physical Society). This
February 2005 report from the Task Force explores the possibility
that the United States may in fact be losing its leadership role in
science and innovation, a position it has retained since the
conclusion of World War II. Some of the benchmarks that the report
mentions include the fact that the proportion of US citizens in
science and engineering graduate studies within the US declined by
ten percent between 1994 and 2001. This very timely report will be
worth a read, particularly for those in the fields of academia and
innovation studies. 

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