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Restoring America’s Global Competitiveness through Innovation

Restoring America’s Global Competitiveness through Innovation

New Horizons in International Business series

Edited by Ben L. Kedia and Subhash C. Jain

Though we live in an era of rapid innovation, the United States has introduced comparatively few commercial innovations within the past decade. Innovation shortfall contributes to weaker trade performance, decreased productivity growth, lower wages and many other economic woes. This study provides insightful recommendations for developing enhanced innovation efforts that could help foster substantial, long-term economic growth.

Chapter 9: Innovation in education and US competitiveness

Sushil Vachani

Subjects: business and management, international business, organisational innovation, innovation and technology, organisational innovation


This chapter examines the role of education in the context of US competitiveness in a world that is being transformed by globalization and technology. Education is critical for the USA to enhance its ability to generate new industries that can create value for the economy by increasing productivity and providing jobs for its people. The chapter focuses on the importance of both K-12 (primary and secondary) and tertiary education. It describes four innovative initiatives that attempt to strengthen main stream and supplemental education at both levels. It then examines what is needed for US education to support the country’s competitiveness and the implications for US universities.

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