Dieter Ernst

Dieter Ernst, East-West Center senior fellow, is an authority on global production networks and R&D internationalization in high-tech industries and on industrial and innovation policies in the US, China, India, and other emerging economies, with a focus on standards and intellectual property rights. Dr. Ernst served as a member of the US National Academies’ Committee on Global Approaches to Advanced Computing; a senior advisor to the OECD, Paris; research director of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE) at the University of California at Berkeley; professor of international business at the Copenhagen Business School; and scientific advisor to governments, private companies and international institutions.
Relevant publications include Indigenous Innovation and Globalization: The Challenge for China’s Standardization Strategy (2011) [now published in Chinese]; China’s Innovation Policy Is a Wake-Up Call for America (2011); A New Geography of Knowledge in the Electronics Industry? Asia’s Role in Global Innovation Networks (2009); “Innovation Offshoring-Root Causes of Asia’s Rise and Policy Implications”, in: Palacio, Juan J.(Ed.), 2007, Multinational Corporations and The Emerging Network Economy in the Pacific Rim, Co-published with the Pacific Trade and Development Conference (PAFTAD), London: Routledge; “Global Production Networks, Knowledge Diffusion and Local Capability Formation”, (with Linsu Kim), Research Policy, special issue in honor of Richard Nelson and Sydney Winter, 2002; International Production Networks in Asia: Rivalry or Riches? (2000).

Research Focus:

• Distribution of innovation benefits through global corporate networks of production and innovation in the IT industry;
• Comparing industrial and innovation policies in the IT industry (US, China, India, Korea, Taiwan);
• technical standards, innovation and latecomer development;
• Are international trade agreements facilitating or constraining latecomer manufacturing and innovation? Designing new rules in a “Post-Quad” World.