Johnson’s Dean Honored for Contributions to Global Innovation

Soumitra Dutta receives Global Innovation Award from Israeli government and industry group

Johnson’s Dean Honored for Contributions to Global Innovation

Soumitra Dutta, the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, was recognized by technology industry leaders and the government of Israel, when he received the Global Innovation Award on January 29, 2013, in Tel Aviv.

The award was presented to Dean Dutta by Professor Ruth Arnon, president of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, at the iNNOVEX2013 conference. The meeting attracted more than 800 technology industry professionals, researchers to hear industry leaders speak on the challenges of creating new, disruptive technologies, and getting operational discipline to co-exist with innovativeness. While at the conference Dutta gave a keynote address titled “How innovation can drive every company’s growth.”

Dutta is a widely-published 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. He is the co-editor and author, respectively, of two influential reports in technology and innovation: the Global Information Technology Report (co-published with the World Economic Forum) and the Global Innovation Index (co-published with the World Intellectual Property Organization). Both reports have been used by several governments around the world in assessing and planning their technology and innovation policies.

“The iNNOVEX2013 Global Innovation Award Committee decided to award Professor Soumitra Dutta with the Global Innovation Award 2013 for his impressive academic achievements and for his major contribution to driving global business growth through the right combination of innovative people and technologies,” said Sol Gradman, co- chairman of iNNOVEX2013 and member of the award committee.


Dutta was joined in receiving the Global Innovation Award by the industrial designer Hartmut Esslinger, founder of Frogdesign and best known for his design strategy for Apple Computer  in the 1980s; and  Yehuda Zispael and Zohar Zisapel, whose company RAD Group has been called "the world's most successful incubator" of telecom-related start-ups. 

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