Dr. Thomas Andersson

Avtor: | Objava: 02.06.2004

Thomas Andersson is President of the International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development (IKED). He is also Vice President of the Italian-based International Network of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (INSME), serves on the International Advisory Board of the World Knowledge Forum, Korea, and is Senior Advisor to the Swedish Agency for the Innovation System (VINNOVA). In 2002, he was Chairman of the Innovation Policy Expert group (IPE), set up by the Minister of Industry and the Minister in Education in Sweden, and served as main Secretary of the Ministers' of Finance project on The Nordic Countries and the New Economy in the Nordic Council of Ministers. Since 1993, he is Associate Professor, affiliated with the Stockholm School of Economics.
From 1996 to 2001, Thomas Andersson was Deputy Director for Science, Technology and Industry at the OECD. Three divisions of that Directorate fell under his responsibility - the Industry Division, the Division for Economic and Statistical Analysis and the Division for Transport. He played a central role in a number of key OECD-wide horizontal projects, notably:
  • The technology part of the OECD Jobs Study, which included the first assessment made of the impact of science and technology on productivity and job creation;
  • New Trends in Economic Growth, which was a main agenda item at the 2000 and 2001 OECD Ministerial meetings;
  • Work on small and medium-sized enterprises, including the preparation of the 1997 OECD G7-report and the organization of the 2000 Ministerial meeting in Bologna;
  • Several components of the projects on sustainable development, regulatory reform and the guidelines for multinational enterprises.
At the OECD Thomas Andersson further co-ordinated work with the World Bank on building knowledge-based economies and deepened co-operation with the European Commission in the area of enterprise policy and benchmarking.
Prior to the OECD, Thomas Andersson was Assistant Under-secretary and head of the Structural Policy Secretariat in the Swedish Ministry of Industry and Commerce. During these years, he represented Sweden in the European Commission's Meetings for Director Generals for Industry. Previously he headed the international research programme of the Industrial Institute for Economic and Social Research in Stockholm (IUI). He has published widely on international economics and industrial organisation and has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University, Bank of Japan, Hitotsubashi University, University of Sao Paulo, and East-West Center, Honolulu.

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