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Global Innovation Index 2014 – The Human Factor in Innovation

The Global Innovation Index (GII) ranks the innovation performance of 143 countries and economies around the world, based on 81 indicators. The GII is co-published by WIPO, Cornell University and INSEAD.

The 2014 GII explores the role of the individuals and teams behind the innovation process. It sheds light on different aspects of human capital required to achieve innovation, including skilled labor; the intersection of human, financial and technological capital; talent retention; and the mobilization of highly educated people. Understanding the human factor in innovation is essential for the design of national and local policies that help promote economic development.

Global Innovation Index 2014

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GII highlights

Infographics

Who is leading innovation?
Who is leading innovation?

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In a perfect world for innovation, who would do what?
In a perfect world for innovation,
who would do what?

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Sub-Saharan Africa - Punching above its weight
Sub-Saharan Africa -
Punching above its weight

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Video interviewsAll GII videos

  • Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General on innovation, intellectual property and human capital. Video
    | Watch on YouTube
  • Soumitra Dutta, co-editor (Cornell University) on rankings, results and key trends. Video
    | Watch on YouTube
  • Bruno Lanvin, co-editor (INSEAD) on the human factor in innovation and best practices. Video
    | Watch on YouTube

2014 launch event

The global launch took place in Sydney, Australia, on July 18, in association with the "B20" meeting of international business leaders prior to the November 2014 G20 Leaders Summit. Regional events will also be held in Asia, the Middle East, North and Latin America.

Panel discussion

Discussion theme: How can innovation help achieve the G20
growth targets? | Watch on YouTube

  • Francis Gurry, WIPO
  • Bruno Lanvin, INSEAD PDF, Bio of Bruno Lanvin, INSEAD
  • Yuko Harayama, Government of Japan PDF, Bio of Yuko Harayama, Government of Japan
  • Alan Finkel, Monash University PDF, Bio of Alan Finkel, Monash University
  • John Danilovich, ICC PDF, Bio of John Danilovich, ICC
  • Futhi Mtoba, Council of the University of Pretoria PDF, Bio of Futhi Mtoba, Council of the University of Pretoria

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  • Table of contents PDF, Table of contents
  • Preface by Cornell University, INSEAD, and WIPO PDF, Preface
  • Forewords by knowledge partners PDF, Forewords by knowledge partners
  • Contributors PDF, Contributors
  • Advisory Board Advisory Board
  • Executive summary PDF, Executive summary
  • GII 2014 rankings PDF, GII 2014 rankings
  • Chapter 1: The Global Innovation Index 2014: Nurturing New Sources of Growth by Developing the Human Factor in Innovation PDF, Chapter 1: The Global Innovation Index 2014: Nurturing New Sources of Growth by Developing the Human Factor in Innovation
    • Annex 1: The Global Innovation Index Conceptual Framework PDF, Annex 1: The Global Innovation Index Conceptual Framework
    • Annex 2: Adjustments to the Global Innovation Index Framework and Year-on-Year Comparability of Results PDF, Annex 2: Adjustments to the Global Innovation Index Framework and Year-on-Year Comparability of Results
    • Annex 3: Joint Research Centre Statistical Audit of the 2014 Global Innovation Index PDF, Annex 3: Joint Research Centre Statistical Audit of the 2014 Global Innovation Index
  • Chapter 2: The Human Factor in Innovation PDF, Chapter 2: The Human Factor in Innovation
    • Annex 1: Composition of the regions PDF, Annex 1: Composition of the regions
  • Chapter 3: Educating Innovators and Entrepreneurs PDF, Chapter 3: Educating Innovators and Entrepreneurs
  • Chapter 4: Higher Education in India: Growth with Challenges PDF, Chapter 4: Higher Education in India: Growth with Challenges
  • Chapter 5: Innovative Activities and Skills PDF, Chapter 5: Innovative Activities and Skills
  • Chapter 6: The United Arab Emirates: Fostering a Unique Innovation Ecosystem for a Knowledge-Based Economy PDF, Chapter 6: The United Arab Emirates: Fostering a Unique Innovation Ecosystem for a Knowledge-Based Economy
  • Chapter 7: Retaining Top Innovators: An Essential Element of Competitiveness for Developing Countries PDF, Chapter 7: Retaining Top Innovators: An Essential Element of Competitiveness for Developing Countries
  • Chapter 8: The Moroccan Diaspora and its Contribution to the Development of Innovation in Morocco PDF, Chapter 8: The Moroccan Diaspora and its Contribution to the Development of Innovation in Morocco
  • Appendix I: Country/Economy Profiles PDF, Appendix I: Country/Economy Profiles
  • Appendix II: Data Tables PDF, Appendix II: Data Tables
  • Appendix III: Sources and Definitions PDF, Appendix III: Sources and Definitions
  • Appendix IV: Technical Notes PDF, Appendix IV: Technical Notes
  • Appendix V: About the Authors PDF, Appendix V: About the Authors

About the GII

Now in its 7th year, the GII has established itself as a leading reference among innovation indices, and a benchmarking tool for policymakers, business leaders and others stakeholders. The report, co-published by WIPO, Cornell University and INSEAD, provides a ranking of world economies’ innovation capabilities and results.

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.

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