Spurring Technological Innovation in America’s Legacy Sectors

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
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One of America’s great innovation strengths has long been “greenfield innovation”—standing up whole new “frontier” sectors of the economy based on breakthrough technologies such as biotechnology, information technology, and mobile applications. But the United States has not fared as well in bringing innovation (and productivity growth) to established, “legacy” sectors such as education, energy, transportation, and manufacturing, a vexing challenge that Bill Bonvillian and Charles Weiss address with aplomb in their important new book Technological Innovation in Legacy Sectors (Oxford, 2015).

The book explores key barriers to disruptive innovation in legacy sectors, explains why America needs to rethink existing strategies for promoting innovation, including through a new conceptualization of manufacturing-led innovation processes, and articulates a new, unified, systems-based approach to U.S. innovation policy. Please join ITIF on November 3 as the authors share key conclusions from the book and discuss the implications for U.S. policymakers.

Speakers: 
Robert D. Atkinson
President
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Moderator
William B. Bonvillian
Former Director
MIT Washington Office
Presenter
Charles Weiss
Former Distinguished Professor of Science, Technology, and International Affairs
Georgetown University
Presenter
Stephen Ezell
Vice President, Global Innovation Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Respondent
David M. Hart
Senior Fellow
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Respondent
J.J. Raynor
Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy
National Economic Council
Respondent