Alcatel-Lucent launches Global Innovation Index 2011 edition

Alcatel-Lucent has joined a group of international
organizations to launch The Global Innovation Index (GII) 2011 edition, a
sweeping country-by-country analysis of the role innovation is playing in the
growth, prosperity and sustainability of both mature and emerging economies.

The GII report
provides a wealth of data that social policy researchers, companies,
governments and non-governmental organizations can use to evaluate and help
make recommendations and drive policies that can foster innovation. As
importantly, it provides a powerful tool for exploring the benefits of
deliberate efforts to promote innovation.

The Global Innovation Index is laying the foundation for
a global conversation of the role of innovation. By bringing together diverse
parties to explore how innovation is being applied around the world, and what
conditions make for successful innovation, it is making an essential
contribution to the promotion of open innovation as a basic operating principal
for the global community,” said Ben Verwaayen, chief executive officer

Alcatel-Lucent is participating in the GII report as a
Knowledge Partner along with other leading groups including the World
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United
Nations, the Confederation of Indian Industry and Booz and Company. As an
active partner in the development of the report, Alcatel-Lucent helped to
define key research criteria.

Alcatel-Lucent also contributed a research chapter
entitled Making Cities Smart and Sustainable, which explores how open
innovation can be applied to the challenge of rapid urbanization underway
around the globe, and help realize the potential of a connected world.

The chapter discusses how innovation, in terms of both
ideas and technologies, is essential to making cities more environmentally and
economically sustainable, to increasing digital inclusion (in both cities and
rural areas), and to better supporting the health and welfare of city

The chapter also concludes that strong collaborations
between governments, businesses, non-governmental organizations, universities
and other institution are needed to address large-scale societal challenges of
this kind.

In association with the report, Alcatel-Lucent also has
conducted an analysis of data included in the GII and found that one particular
foundation” for innovation Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is
clearly correlated with most dimensions of well-being.

This analysis reveals that countries that have higher
levels of ICT penetration tend toward political stability and lower levels of
violence, had more effective governments, and benefited from more robust
educational, business and research and development environments.

This year’s edition underwent major developments and is
the result of a collaborative effort among INSEAD and Knowledge Partners. These
key players gathered around the project have contributed to strengthen the GII
value as a key benchmarking tool to facilitate public-private dialogue, whereby
policy makers, business leaders, and other stakeholders can evaluate progress
on a continual basis. They have provided valuable input to the research
underlying the GII,” said Soumitra Dutta, Roland Berger professor of business
and technology, INSEAD and editor of the GII Report,

By Team
[email protected]