Our Focus

Our focus areas include:

Technology Competitiveness

Technology has progressed at a very fast pace over the last few decades and it today permeates all aspects of business and society. Information technology adoption has not only become ubiquitous through the rapid penetration of the mobile phone and the Internet, but it has become an integral part of the lives of billions of people. Progress in core technologies continues at a fast pace and technology disruptions are opening new opportunities for countries to sustain their development and for firms to innovate and become more competitive.

Portulans Institute co-founders have done extensive research in measuring technology competitiveness and creating globally recognized indices such as the Network Readiness Index (NRI). Starting in 2001, Prof. Soumitra Dutta and Prof. Bruno Lanvin have co-edited the NRI that has been published by the World Economic Forum in partnership with both INSEAD and Cornell University. Over the years, the NRI revealed the opportunities and challenges posed to governments, businesses, academia and individuals to fully capture the benefits of technology and provided valuable data-based guidance to leaders from the public and private sectors.

Innovation Readiness

Innovation is a key driver for the growth and prosperity of nations. Not only is innovation crucial for economic value creation, but it is also important for opening up new avenues for people to fulfill their aspirations. Successful innovation requires investments in a range of factors including regulatory and institutional instruments, human capital, infrastructure, markets and business readiness. The scope of innovation today includes both knowledge-intensive innovations enabled by new technologies and market-led innovations triggered by new customer demands.

Portulans Institute’s co-founder Soumitra Dutta has created the Global Innovation Index (GII) which has today become the global benchmark for assessing the multidimensional facets of innovation-driven growth. Co-published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University and INSEAD, GII has evolved into a valuable benchmarking tool that can facilitate public-private dialogue and where policymakers, business leaders, and other stakeholders can evaluate innovation progress on an annual basis.

People and Global Talent

Talent issues have become a mainstream concern for firms, nations, and cities. Talent performance is now clearly seen as key to growth, job creation, and innovation. New approaches are emerging to stimulate entrepreneurial talent. Such strategies affect all aspects of talent competitiveness, including education, skilling and re-skilling, attracting external talents, and fostering co-creation with local ones. They also imply encouraging imported or returning talent to stay and contribute to long-term local objectives. Cities are playing increasingly central roles as entrepreneurial talent hubs, and offer innovative talent strategies, often ahead of what nation-states can do.

Prof. Bruno Lanvin, Portulans Co-Founder, is the creator of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index, started in 2012, and has been the co-editor of the annual GTCI Report since then. GTCI has become a global benchmark and tool for action in the area of talent strategies, and is a widely quoted reference for business, governments and analysts interested in identifying the various aspects of the future of work.