Background to the Academic Days Conference: Collaborative Innovation for a Globalized Networked World In 2000 when we had the first of these conferences there was the first talk of a "new economy", a new way of living our lives and running our businesses underpinned by Internet technologies. Some people thought that this dream disappeared when the dot.com boom ended. In fact, as companies and public administrations of all sizes and sectors take up the Internet, the new economy model has come to concern the entire economy - not just a few entrepreneurs.
As the integration of these technologies progresses we are shifting to a networked and knowledge-based society - a network where an ever-increasing number of individuals and businesses are connected. We all agree that there are great benefits from this "e-Society" but there are also some great questions on how we make it work. These questions apply to individuals who are trying to come to terms with the rapid and fundamental changes in technology and the often controversial onrush of globalization. They also apply to companies and institutions who are building their future with these technologies as their infrastructure.
IBM as a leading technology and service provider has long pioneered in Internet technologies, invested heavily in acquiring expertise in multiple industries and business processes. These led us to develop On Demand Business, integrate technologies into new business designs, and take on the challenge of global integration through collaboration to drive productivity and innovation for growth.
The aim of this conference is to look into the future of globalization and innovation landscape courtesy of our most senior IBM researchers and our distinguished guests from the world of academia. Then to jointly discuss and debate - how do we best position ourselves to make use of these opportunities and how do we drive further innovation to sustain our overall (European) competitive advantage in a rapidly “flattening” world to meet the global competition challenge?
Our success in the creation of the European knowledge society depends on how we drive collaborative innovation to cope with the complexities of this globalized networked world and how we develop the talents of European citizens of all ages to exploit it. As a member of your country's leading academic bodies, your ability to nurture future European technical and business leaders; to work with leading innovators such as IBM, are crucial to building our knowledge society.
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