Measuring the Technology Achievement of Nations and the Capacity to Participate in the Network Age
Journal of Human Development, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2002
Posted: 21 Feb 2013
Date Written: 2002
The technological transformations of the past decade and the emergence of the global marketplace have raised the stakes for all countries to become technologically connected-to be able to create, adapt and use global technological innovations. Yet the challenges of competing in the technology-based global marketplace and of harnessing technology as a tool for human development are very different across countries, which vary greatly in their technological capacity and needs. This paper presents a measurement approach to assess the technological achievements of a country, as an aid to policy-makers in identifying policy priorities. It sets out the rationale for and uses of the Technology Achievement Index (TAI), and composite measure of technological progress that ranks countries on a comparative global scale.
Keywords: technology, globalization, development, technological capacity, Technology Achievement Index
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