Advantage by Adam Segal
How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge

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"Thoughtful . . . . [Segal's] striking argument is that the challengers [India and China] lack America's resilient, open and risk-taking culture." —Economist

The emergence of India and China as economic powers has shifted the global landscape and called into question the ability of the United States to compete. Advantage sorts out the challenges the United States faces and focuses on what drives innovation, what constrains it, and what strengths we have to leverage. Entirely recasting the stakes of the debate, Adam Segal makes the compelling case for the crucial role of the “software” of innovation. By bolstering its politics, social relations, and institutions that move ideas from the lab to the marketplace, the United States can preserve its position as a global power. With up-to-the minute economic and political data, this is a resounding call to tie innovation to larger social goals in an age of global science and technology.

About Adam Segal

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Adam Segal is the Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. His writings have appeared in the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in New York City.
Published January 10, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 304 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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“In this era of collaborative and globalized innovation,” he writes, “companies and countries are inextricably dependent on ideas and talent from the outside.” Segal offers many suggestions to help encourage the design of effective policies to bolster “the creation, commercialization and spread o...

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