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Innovation, Jobs, and Corporate Performance

Next week I’m looking forward to speaking at two important innovation-related conferences. On Thursday I will be in Chicago at “Innovating Our Way to Prosperity” put on by The Institute for Work and the Economy. It’s obviously a critical topic these days, given the weak state of the job market, and I will be giving a talk on “Moving Beyond America’s Innovation Shortfall.”

Then on Friday I will be in Philadelpha at the Wharton School, at “Borderless Innovation: Management Practices, Promises and Pitfalls” presented by the Mack Center for Technological Innovation. This trend towards borderless innovation is central for today’s global economy, and understanding how it works may be crucial for our future global growth, and our future standard of living. My talk is entitled “Global Innovation: The Big Experiment.”

And yes, these two conferences are closely related to each other. In the first conference I will look at the innovation shortfall and its aftermath from the viewpoint of job creation in the U.S., and in the second conference I will focus on global innovation and corporate performance. It’s my contention that these two perspectives, while very different, actually come down to the same issue: How can we assure that we get more genuine innovation in the years going forward?

I will likely post my presentations afterwards.

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