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The Multiplier Effect of Innovation Jobs

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Because of a multiplier effect, each new high-tech job in the U.S. creates five additional jobs in the service economy, says economist Enrico Moretti.

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Is the U.S. Losing its Innovation Edge?

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What's the prognosis for America's innovation future? That was the topic of an NBC Nightly News report this week that included interviews with MIT Sloan School Professor Edward Roberts and Paul Otellini, Intel's president and CEO.

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Too little U.S. innovation?

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BusinessWeek chief economist Michael Mandel makes a case in the current issue of BusinessWeek that the U.S. economy has experienced an "innovation shortfall" in the last decade -- with successful commercialization of technological innovations slower to materialize than expected. The result, he suggests is an American economy that was weaker than it appeared.

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The state of innovation

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How is innovation faring during the economic downturn? The answer depends on whom you ask. Recently, we have seen interesting, but somewhat conflicting, reports on the state of innovation in the U.S. economy. First, The Wall Street Journal reported some surprising good news last week: Despite the economy, large U.S.

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Stimulus for innovation?

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Some argue that any U.S. economic stimulus package should include an emphasis on spending to promote innovation.

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Porter to U.S.: Get a strategy

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A well-known competitive strategy expert thinks the United States badly needs a new economic strategy.  In fact, Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter argues in an essay in BusinessWeek that "the stark truth is that the U.S.

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Why foreigners invest in U.S. markets

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One factor behind the U.S. government's decision to take over troubled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Concerns expressed by foreign investors, The Wall Street Journal reports. That brings to mind a new working paper by MIT Sloan School associate professor Kristin J. Forbes.  She studied the question of why foreigners continue to invest in U.S.

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The Beneficent Dragon

Many pundits characterize the Chinese economy, now the world’s fourth largest, as a juggernaut that threatens America’s economic leadership. After all, China’s GDP growth in recent years has been three to four times our own, and its share of global exports has skyrocketed.

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Customizing Customization

A continuum of strategies shows that while some industries favor customization and some foster standardization, others mix the two in their products, processes, and customer transactions in intriguing ways.

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