Few of us actually understand how the informal or formal groups of businesses influence what products and businesses ultimately become successful in the marketplace. These are a hidden layer of business ecosystem that is often missed in data that we make use of in entrepreneurship. Consortia or industry membership organizations are the quiet beast driving technology diffusion in many parts of the world, and yet they are little mentioned or tracked.
Northwestern University has published some new data sets on technology consortia memberships and an overview paper describing some of the reasons for their importance.
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As a director in Research and Policy, E.J. Reedy oversees the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s research initiatives related to education, human capital development, and data.
Since joining the Kauffman Foundation in 2003, Reedy has been significantly involved in the coordination of the Foundation’s entrepreneurship and innovation data-related initiatives, including the Kauffman Firm Survey, for which he served as a principal investigator, and the Foundation’s multi-year series of symposiums on data, as well as many web-related projects and initiatives. He is a globally recognized expert in entrepreneurship and innovation measurement and has consulted for a variety of agencies.
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