Global Innovation Index 2015 Report
The Global Innovation Index 2014 (GII) Report, in its 8th edition this year, is co-published by INSEAD, Cornell University and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Subtitled "Effective Innovation Policies for Development", the report was launched on 17 September 2015 in London (Central Hall Westminster) during a one-day event organised with the support of the UK Government and co-hosted by Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, and Baroness Neville-Rolfe, UK Minister for Intellectual Property.
The presentation of the 2015 results was made by Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director for Global Indices at INSEAD, followed by a discussion with a panel of renowned experts on â€œEmpowering the innovation economy for growth and development" and a VIP lunch.
The core of the GII Report consists of a ranking of world economies' innovation capabilities and results. Over the last seven years, the GII has established itself as a leading reference on innovation. Understanding in more detail the human aspects behind innovation is essential for the design of policies that help promote economic development and richer innovation-prone environments locally. Recognizing the key role of innovation as a driver of economic growth and prosperity, and the need for a broad horizontal vision of innovation applicable to developed and emerging economies, the GII includes indicators that go beyond the traditional measures of innovation such as the level of research and development.
The theme of the 2014 GII, the "Human Factor in Innovation", explores the role of the individuals and teams behind the innovation process. Statistically capturing this human contribution to innovation is a daunting challenge. Even more complex are the challenges faced by all those who try to properly nurture the human factor in innovation. The importance of both individual and collective efforts of creators and scientists in the innovation process has been well documented in the literature. The results of the GII provide additional evidence of this significance.
A rich collection of analytical chapters within the GII 2014 shed light on different aspects required of human capital in order to achieve innovation, including the presence of skilled labour, the necessity of skills for successful innovation, higher education, the intersection of human capital, financial capital, and technological capital, retention of talent, and the mobilization of the highly educated.