Johnson’s Dean Shares Results of Leading Report on Networked Readiness

Soumitra Dutta co-edited the Global Information Technology Report, with the World Economic Forum and INSEAD

Johnson’s Dean Shares Results of Leading Report on Networked Readiness

Soumitra Dutta, the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean and professor of Management at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, today unveiled the 2013 edition of a critical report on nations’ networked readiness. The Global Information Technology Report 2013 (GITR) is collaboration between the World Economic Forum, Johnson at Cornell University, and INSEAD. Dutta, who co-edits the report, spoke at the report launch at the World Economic Forum’s New York City office. The report unveiling was broadcast live on CornellCast and is archived there.

This year’s report suggests that national policies in some developing economies are failing to translate information and communications technologies investment into tangible benefits, such as competitiveness, development, and employment.

Against this backdrop, “countries need tools to measure and track progress, and the GITR has become the most comprehensive and respected international assessment,” said Dean Dutta. “It provides policy makers, business leaders, and civil society at large with a useful tool for designing national strategies for increased networked readiness.”

One of its most useful features is the Networked Readiness Index (NRI), which measures the capacity of 144 economies to leverage information and communication technologies for growth and well-being. The World Economic Forum has prepared an interactive graphic, mapping the the world’s networked readiness.

The full report is available online, along with a video on the GITR and the importance of networked readiness. 

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