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CIO explores developments in innovation in a number of countries and regions. Why are some geographies more innovative than others? What are good innovation management practices at a national or regional level?

Mexico. Two perspectives on barriers to innovation; Mexican business leaders and the World Economic Forum. Similarities and differences. Barriers to innovation.

Sweden. Just established, the first ever celebration of ‘failure’. Museum of Failure is a collection of interesting innovation failures. The collection consists of over seventy failed products and services from around the world, providing unique insight into the risky business of innovation.

Japan. Japan’s latest ranking by the World Economic Forum drops three places and will rank lower unless basic issues and practices are addressed. Comparing innovation management practices in the mid 1980 with today’s practices leads to ideas for new approaches. Japan thirty years on. (pptx)

Canada. CIO, based on results from the on-lline survey, provides a perspective on differences between management styles in the U.S. and in Canada. U.S. managers have a greater propensity to take risks than do their counterparts (registrants) in Canada. Download Canada versus U.S. on risk taking

Argentina. In the early 20th century, two countries were seen to have a brilliant economic future; Canada and Argentina. Update as of March, 2017. Not much has changed! Three authors, one from Canada and two from Argentina, set out their views on the troubling reasons for Argentina’s failure to live up to expectations. Download Argentina arriving.

Russia. Is Russia’s plan for a ‘New Silicon-Like Valley’ likely to succeed. Surely the whole notion of government involvement in making this happen is anathema to fostering innovation! Or is it? Download Russia’s Silicon Valley.

India. India’s manufacturing sector. Delegation needed. New results from on-line lab. Modi has challenges at the macro level and much has been said about what to do. What is less clear is that policies and management practices at the micro (SME) level in the manufacturing sector need much improvement to the country to even think about being innovative and competitive. Download India’s Manufacturing Sector – India’s manufacturing sector – Modi’s challenge .

Scotland. A great demonstration of collaboration between the private sector and a university; one of the major contributors to innovation. download University-industry collaboration.

Portugal. Comparing Canada with Portugal and vis-a-vis the U.S. and the EU – and Brazil. Portugal perspective