Dean Soumitra Dutta

Soumitra Dutta, Dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University presented the Global Innovation Index 2013, on July 8, 2013, with a panel of experts from higher education, industry, and government. The Global Innovation Index ranks 142 countries on their innovation readiness and performance. Video is available online, including the panel discussion on "the local dynamics of innovation," with:

  • David J. Skorton, President, Cornell University
  • Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Dan Huttenlocher, Dean and Vice Provost, Cornell NYC Tech
  • Robert E. Kahn, Chairman, CEO, and President, Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI)
  • Barry Jaruzelski, Senior Partner, Booz & Company
  • Teresa Stanek Rea, Acting Under Secretary for the US Department of Commerce

A B O U T >

Published annually since 2007, the GII is evolving into the chief benchmarking tool for business executives, policy makers and others seeking insight into the state of innovation around the world.

The GII 2013 looked at 142 economies, using 84 indicators, gauging both innovation capabilities and measurable results. The report is co-published by the World Intellectual Property Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations; Cornell University; and INSEAD.

Knowledge Partners

This year's study benefits from the experience of its Knowledge Partners: Booz and Company, the Confederation of Indian Industry, du and Huawei, as well as of an advisory board of 14 international experts.

R E P O R T >

Despite the economic crisis, innovation is alive and well. Research and development spending levels are surpassing 2008 levels in most countries and successful local hubs are thriving.

A group of dynamic lower and middle-income countries - including China, Costa Rica, India, and Senegal - are outpacing their peers, but haven't broken into the top of the GII 2013 leader board.

This year's report casts additional light on the local dynamics of innovation, an area which has remained under-measured globally. It shows the emergence of original innovation eco-systems, and signals a shift from a usual tendency to try and duplicate previously successful initiatives.


2012 2013
Switzerland 1 1
Sweden 2 2
United Kingdom 5 3
Netherlands 6 4
United States of America 10 5
Finland 4 6
Hong Kong (China) 8 7
Singapore 3 8
Denmark 7 9
Ireland 9 10

Underlying factors

Switzerland and Sweden's performance reflects the fact that both countries are leaders in all components (pillars) of the GII, consistently ranking in the top 25. The United Kingdom has a well-balanced innovation performance (ranking 4th in both input and output), in spite of a relatively low level of growth in labor productivity. The U.S. continues to benefit from its strong education base (especially in terms of top-ranked universities), and has seen strong increases in software spending and employment in knowledge-intensive services. The U.S. was last in the GII top 5 in 2009, when it was number one.


C O - E D I T O R S >

Soumitra Dutta

Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean,
Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University

Soumitra Dutta became the eleventh dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University on July 1, 2012. He previously served as the Roland Berger Chaired Professor of Business and Technology and founder and academic director of the eLab at INSEAD, a top-ranked graduate business school in Fontainebleau, France.

Dutta is an authority on the impact of new technology on the business world, especially social media and social networking, and on strategies for driving growth and innovation by embracing the digital economy. In addition to co-authoring the Global Innovation Index, he is co-editor of another influential report, the Global Information Technology Report (co-published with the World Economic Forum). Both reports have been used by several governments around the world in assessing and planning their technology and innovation policies.

Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director, INSEAD European Competitiveness Initiative (IECI)

Bruno Lanvin

Executive Director,
INSEAD European Competitiveness Initiative (IECI)

Bruno Lanvin is the Executive Director of INSEAD's European Competitiveness Initiative (IECI), a broad research and outreach endeavor launched in 2012 to advance strategic frameworks that contribute to the long-term global competitiveness of European businesses and institutions. Since 2009, he has been Chair of the Global Advisory Council on the Future of Government (World Economic Forum). He has been a Commissioner on the Broadband Commission since its creation in 2010. From 2000 to 2007, he worked for the World Bank, where he was inter alia Senior Advisor for E-strategies, Regional Coordinator (Europe and Central Asia) for ICT and e-government issues, and Chairman of the Bank's e-Thematic Group.

Lanvin, an economist, is the author of numerous books and articles on international economics, information technology, and development. He has worked in some 70 countries, and speaks French, English, and Spanish, and has a practical knowledge of Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and basic Chinese.

M E D I A >


Bruno Lanvin on the Global Innovation Index 2013

The Global Innovation Index provides the benchmark ranking of the world's most innovative countries. Now in its 6th edition, the index this year features a dramatic reshuffle among the top countries.

Soumitra Dutta, Launch of the Global Innovation Index - ECOSOC High-level Segment 2013

Keynote addresses on the theme of the annual ministerial review: "Science, technology and innovation, and the potential of culture, for promoting sustainable development and achieving the MDGs"


Dean Dutta officially launches GII at UN during High Level ECOSOC Segment opened by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

Presenting the results at the High-Level Segment of the United Nation's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

General Ban Ki-Moon addressing press after the Geneva conference.

General Ban Ki-Moon addressing press after the Geneva conference.

Dean Dutta with UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon after the GII launch.

Dean Dutta with UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon after the GII launch.


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