Gap between Innovation Leaders and Innovation Followers in European Union grows

The results of the 2013 study of innovation in the European Union have been published. The most innovative countries are still Germany, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. However, the gap between these so-called ‘innovation leaders’ and the innovation followers, such as the Netherlands and Luxembourg is growing. Or, as stated by the European Commission: Innovation performance in the EU has improved year on year in spite of the continuing economic crisis, [&hellip

European Commission opts for Industrial Revolution 2.0

Recent decades have been the years of outsourcing. Not only did companies outsource traditional cheap production towards more interesting markets, companies also outsourced most of their ICT and knowledge-based services towards cheaper countries. During recent years, many organisation have also outsourced their innovation departments and knowledge-intensive research and development branches towards countries in the Far East and Brazil. No longer does the Europe have the competitive advantage of being an [&hellip