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Prof Martin Fransman

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Martin Fransman completed his PhD at the University of Sussex in 1978 and was appointed to the University of Edinburgh in 1978. In 1996 he became professor of economics at the University of Edinburgh.

He is Founder-Director of the Institute for Japanese-European Technology Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He has been Visiting Professor at a number of universities, including the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), University of Tokyo, where he held the NTT Chair in Telecommunications; the Department of Industrial Economics and Management at Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden; the University of Nice in France; and the University of Turin in Italy.

He has worked with numerous governments and international organisations as well as with leading telecoms companies such as AT&T, BT, France Telecom, NTT, Ericsson, Siemens, NEC and Fujitsu. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences organised by bodies such as the Financial Times, the US Library of Congress, the International Computer Communications Conference (ICCC), the IEEE, and the International Telecommunications Society (ITS).

His research is in the areas of innovation and competitiveness, ICT (telecoms, IT, and Internet), high-tech industry, institutional evolutionary economics, and East Asia (Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan).

Research outputs

  1. Broadband economics: lessons from Japan

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

  2. The Symbiotic Theory of Innovation: Knowledge Creation and the Evolution of the Capitalist System

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Research activities & awards

  1. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  2. adviser to the LSE China Innovation Project

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

  3. Cambridge University, China Executive Leadership Programme, lead-in lecture

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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