‘Innovation: Superpowered invention’ by Leonid Gokhberg and Dirk Meissner published in Nature
In the article the scientists compare accounts on the trajectory of innovation in Russia and the USA.
“Many of us believe that science is indispensable for generating innovation, and that innovation is a basis for manufacturing, which, in turn, is a must for the economy. But is the road that straight?” — First Vice-Rector, Director of Institute of Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge Leonid Gokhberg and Deputy Head of the HSE International Laboratory for Science and Technology Studies Dirk Meissner ask in the article for Nature.
Commenting on two new MIT Press publications “Lonely Ideas: Can Russia Compete?” by Loren Graham and “Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing” by Vaclav Smil, the scientists analyse the growth factors for the innovation systems of the two towering economies, characterise their actual state and outline the directions of their development within the context of the challenges of re-industrialisation and modernisation. The key factors in focus include: the societal mindset, development of middle class, the level of qualifications, population mobility, entrepreneurial initiative, the state of science, technology progress, and etc.
Speaking about industrial development, the authors suggest that sustainable growth in both countries will probably come from highly automated manufacturing. “The digitization of manufacturing, encompassing robots, three-dimensional printing and more, will continue apace along with the need for new skills”, the article reads.
However, for the sustainable development of innovation systems, we need something more than technological solutions. “No nation can survive solely on digital industry; a good living standard comes from combining innovation in the real and digital economies, and in services”, Leonid Gokhberg and Dirk Meissner point out. “But these demand clever policies and frameworks, including a favourable climate for competition and investment, property protection and the rule of law”.
The full text is available online.
Leonid Gokhberg & Dirk Meissner. Innovation: Superpowered invention. Nature 501, P. 313–314 (19 September 2013) doi:10.1038/501313a
Contemporary universities are becoming not only centres for education and research, but also hubs for entrepreneurship. Igor Agamirzian, HSE Vice President, Head of the Department for Management of Innovation, spoke about the development of the HSE’s innovation infrastructure, about attracting students to technological business projects, and about the master’s programme ‘Corporate Research, Development and Innovation Management’.
The Higher School of Economics has gone into partnership with Russian Venture Company to develop and promote TechUp2015 — a national rating for fast-developing tech companies.
Giorgio Sirilli, former chairman of the OECD Working Party of National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators (NESTI), is offering lectures to students in the Master’s programme in Governance of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
On September 25 a presentation of the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI), of which HSE is a partner, took place. The purpose of the project is to integrate Russian academic journals into the international exchange network of scientific information. RSCI has listed 1000 journals, based on bibliometric indicators and expert reviews, to go on the Web of Science platform.
Your Chance to Pick the Brains of International Academic Journal Chief Editors at HSE Conference Session
On the 28th May at the ‘Analytical communities in policy advisory systems at global and local level: comparative analysis of policy impact’ international conference there will be a special ‘journals’ session. The editors of four major international journals on public policy will explain how they select articles for publication and give advice on how to present your work to improve the chances of getting it published in a good journal.
The scientific journal Foresight-Russia is issuing a call for papers. The editors invite all types of empirical or analytical studies, simulations or modeling exercises, conceptional papers, case studies (e.g. foremost foresight exercises in other countries).
A new article by Kirill Zhirkov, a Research Fellow with the HSE Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, was published recently online in the international peer-reviewed journal Conflict Management and Peace Science.
The HSE Annual Conference on Foresight and STI Policy: Cooperation, Coordination, and Challenges has come to a close. For two days (October 30-31) at the HSE premises at the foot of the Shukhov Radio Tower, signals were analysed that will sooner or later show up in contemporary socio-economic policy and in future news stories.
A working paper is a form of preliminary publication that makes it possible to quickly present for discussion among the academic community the results of the latest research. On September 5, the HSE Basic Research Programme issued its 200th working paper.