Special Lecture: "The Idea Industry: A Key Driver for Global Economic Growth – Implications for Japan"

Thursday, January 15, 2015
19:15 - 20:45
(door opens at 19:05)
Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall, Room 502 (Access)
English (no translation provided)
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Lecture Topic

The Idea Industry: A Key Driver for Global Economic Growth – Implications for Japan

This presentation will link the efforts of the Japanese government to kick-start the domestic economy with the rapid emergence of entirely new ways of thinking about a variety of industries and business activities that have the potential to revolutionize the global economy. Any effort to gain economic traction that does not recognize the importance of where and how these ideas come into being and how they are commercialized will likely be doomed to failure, says presenter Dr. James Portwood.

One example is the use of 3D printers. Professor Portwood has recently returned from Ukraine where he worked with some companies on how to use 3D printing to speed up the manufacturing time and sharply reduce the cost of producing complicated parts for high function prosthetic hands.

He says, “I am absolutely blown away by the prospects for how this new production technique can impact a range of fields - not just manufacturing, and it is quickly becoming a reality.”

About the Lecturer

Portwood, James, Ph.D.

Human Resource Management / Professor, Temple University

Dr. Portwood currently serves as the Director of Temple's Center for European Studies, and since 1990, he has been an adjunct Professor of Management at the Graduate School of Business, Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. As a Fulbright Fellow, he has led several projects promoting economic and social transformation in Eastern Europe. He is an active scholar in the areas of International Human Resource Management, Global Change, and the Human Side of Organizational Transitions. His current interests include tracking international labor market trends, especially the increasing use of contingent workers, and the impact of Eastern Europe economic transitions on career opportunities for native and foreign professionals.

Ph.D., University of Michigan