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February

Fostering Global Innovation in a Developing Economy: Lessons from India
With a population of 1.3 billion people, India can claim an abundance of the world's most important natural resource-the human mind and its capacity to innovate. Given this inherent advantage, what would it take to catapult India toward global economic...
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December

PATH TO 2060: Decarbonizing the Automobile Industry
The transportation sector accounts for a quarter of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.1 Electrification of this sector is underway and there is reason to believe that we can decarbonize the automobile industry by 2060. How long will it take and what levers...
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August

Driving Digital Transformation: NEW MINDSETS, CULTURES, SKILLS, AND BEHAVIORS
CHANGE IS COMING. And ifJack Ma is right, the change will bring decades of pain.1Speaking at a conference in Zhengzhou, the tech billionaire and chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba warned about the seismic advancements in digital technologies...
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October 2016

Consider the Alternatives: NEW WAYS OF FINANCING EARLY-STAGE ENTREPRENEURS *
Over the past decade more than $100 billion has been poured into promising early-stage cleantech companies (e.g., KiOR, Solyndra, Ener1, Fisker, Beacon Power, to name a few). Famously, some of this money came from the federal government in the form of...
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June

Data's Big Promise: HOW TOP FIRMS FIND NEW WAYS TO INNOVATE
INNOVATORS' ROUNDTABLE, SPRING 2016. CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA.There are many ways to think about the recent explosion of digital technologies and data. Not surprisingly, the ubiquity of personal information that can be easily and cheaply collected from...
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July

The Hot Pursuit of Innovation: LEVERAGING LEARNING, DIVERSITY AND COLLABORATION
INNOVATORS' ROUNDTABLE, SPRING 2015. CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA.As if innovation weren't hard enough already, companies now face the challenge to deliver nothing short of "magic."According to a recent report on trends in design and innovation from Accenture,...
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January

Innovation in the Age of Smart Machines: THE POWER OF PEOPLE AND TECHNOLOGY
Astonishing digital technologies and unprecedented connectivity are making the impossible possible. Think the Vulcan mind meld is pure fantasy? Michael Chorost, technology theorist and writer, may well disagree. After losing his hearing, Chorost received...
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December

The Economic Impact of Entrepreneurial Alumni
IN BRIEFThe following report distills the results of a large survey investigating the entrepreneurial activities and related economic impact of the University of Virginia's alumni. While universities are undisputed hubs of economic activities that directly...
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December

Unleashing Innovation: AFTER THE LIGHTBULB MOMENT, HARD WORK
Like miniskirts and platform shoes, innovation initiatives have swung in and out of fashion. But judging by recent headlines such as "Less Innovation, More Inequality,"1 "Is Innovation Leading to a New Age of Productivity in the U.S.?"2 and "Persistence,...
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April

Prison Break: Can Entrepreneurship Solve the Recidivism Problem?
Over the past three decades, the United States has experienced an explosive increase in its prison population. The number of incarcerated Americans climbed from 220 for every 100,000 adults and children in 1980 to 753 in 2008.1 This upward trend culminated...
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February

The Double-Edged Sword of Collaboration Technologies
INNOVATORS' ROUNDTABLE, FALL 2012. CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA.[Even] inside the same company we're dispersed all over the world ... We need different kinds of glue to hold these networked organizations together ... The glue that we're putting in place...
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August

Symphonic Improvisation: CREATING A CULTURE OF INNOVATION COMPETENCY
INNOVATORS' ROUNDTABLE SUMMARY REPORTSPRING 2012. THE ROTUNDA, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA.Like a finely tuned symphony orchestra, a high-performing company can execute prescribed processes with clarity, consistency and seamless...
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April

Winning the Green Innovation Economy: AN ANALYSIS OF WORLDWIDE PATENTING
GREENTECH INNOVATION SERIESA RESEARCH BRIEFING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIAS DARDEN SCHOOL OF BUSINESSIN BRIEFToday's critical environmental challenges and prolonged global recession have resulted in calls for a new "green" economy that could simultaneously...
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VC 2.0: Venture Capital Goes Retro FINANCING INNOVATION SERIES
A RESEARCH BRIEFING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OFVIRGINIAS DARDEN SCHOOL OF BUSINESSIN BRIEF"OUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE TODAY FOR VENTURE CAPITAL IS TO THINK SMALLER."1Alan Patricof, a venture capital pioneerA new breed of venture capitalists aims to reinvigorate...
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February

Leading Global R&D Networks: Rewards, Risks and Realities
INNOVATORS' ROUNDTABLE SERIESFROM THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA'S DARDEN SCHOOL OF BUSINESSCorporate innovation does not take place only within the vacuum of a company's R&D unit. New products and services emerge from widely distributed R&D networks,...
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Workforce Agility: An Executive Briefing
INNOVATORS' ROUNDTABLE SERIESFROM THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA'S DARDEN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS"Volatility is here to stay ... The winners won't stop focusing on quality, cost, and efficiency, but they'll be paying a lot more attention to agility, too."'CK....
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