Housed within The Fletcher School’s Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC), the Innovation and Change initiative brings a multi-disciplinary approach to identifying trends and patterns of change, and measuring and tracking the facilitators and inhibitors that drive innovation globally.
Innovation drives change just as change drives innovation. IBGC works with individuals, businesses, and governments to recognize these patterns as they evolve, as well as to understand the global context that can serve either to accelerate or undermine the evolution of these trends.
The Innovation and Change initiative is the hub for academic research programs that provide pragmatic, actionable tools and frameworks for decision makers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. From time to time, we bring together thought leaders from academia, business, and government to help define the problems and shape our research platforms to ensure that the outputs are practical and relevant.
Planet-Ebiz, one of our first research programs under the Innovation and Change umbrella, focuses on assessing the quality of countries’ digital ecosystems, and the readiness of their populations, in order to provide actionable insights into the digital future of the world
The big questions being addressed by the initiative:
How developed is global ICT, financial, and fulfillment infrastructure?
How digitally savvy are consumers?
How well are governments facilitating the creation and furtherance of digital ecosystems within their countries?
Which countries are driving innovation in the digital sphere?
Our investigation of the state of global digital readiness will culminate in the form of The Global Digital Readiness Index, an annual index that ranks nations on the quality of digital ecosystems and the readiness of their populations, due for launch in the first quarter of 2014.
Our unit of analysis in Planet-Ebiz is commerce-centric, as we believe that conducting transactions digitally is the highest form of evolution in the progression towards digital readiness.
The index framework is composed of four core units of analysis (pillars), each of which represents a distinct dimension of digital and digital commerce readiness:
We are in the process of building a dedicated home for Planet-Ebiz and The Global Digital Readiness Index, in addition to spawning other relevant activity streams under the Innovation and Change umbrella. Please keep checking in for updates on Planet-Ebiz and other research platforms.