The objective of this project was to establish a leading European forum for dissemination and debate about telecommunications and internet policy research, providing leadership for the European network economy community, and expanding into trans-Atlantic engagement as well as activities on the periphery of Europe. The aim was to contribute to a significant rise in the level of sophistication and careful use of high quality studies by all parties involved in the network economy.
At the time of the project launch, the status of policy discussion in Europe was poor in comparison with North America and East Asia, as indicated by both the persistence of antagonisms and misunderstandings at the policy level and the related inefficiencies in the operations of the network economy. The project aimed to raise the level of debate and foster better practices in improving, for example, the match between industry capabilities and policy objectives for upgrading broadband infrastructure and its economic utility.
Network Economy Forum Workshops
Each workshop covered a specific theme discussed in two sessions - one focusing on industry, and the other on regulation.
13th June 2011: 1st Forum Workshop - London
- Session notes
(By session moderators James Alleman, Martin Cave, and Claire Milne)
27th Sep 2012: 2nd Forum Workshop - London
- Paper: Strategic Challenges for European Telecom Operators (Jonathan Liebenau, Silvia Elaluf-Calderwood, Patrik Karrberg [LSE]
- Paper: Analysis of video-viewing behavior in the era of convergent connected devices (Aniruddha Banerjee [CENTRIS], James Alleman [University of Colorado], and Paul Rappoport [CENTRIS]
11th January 2013: 3rd Forum Workshop - London
- Research reports of relevance to the workshop is published here prior to the event as they become available:
- ICT and Productivity in Europe and the US
The authors claim that "The big advances in productivity in the USA have been mainly achieved by the extensive use of information and communications technologies" [Kretschmer, Cardona, Strobel]
25th March 2013: 4th Forum Workshop - London
Research reports of relevance to the workshop:
- Linking of Microdata on ICT Usage
by main authors Eva Hagsten et. al. This project is an exploration of the use and impact of ICT in the business sector. Recently, the analysis includes changes in market structures through increased dissemination of networked ICTs, and changes at the firm level through uses of more complex structures of ICT, including organisational capital, innovations and skills. The ESSLimit project has seized on this and investigates ICT in dimensions not earlier available nationally or internationally.
13th May 2013: LSE Network Economy Conference - London
The format of Chatham House Rules was used in the workshops.
Feedback confirmed that community building resulting from the workshops was extremely valuable to leading regulators. The workshops ensured a unique atmosphere for straightforward and honest exchange of opinions among leading opinion makers and scholars.
The chairman of the LSE NEF was Dr Jonathan Liebenau, Associate Professor (Reader) of Technology Management, Department of Management, LSE. Programme director Dr Patrik Karrberg was further assisted by research fellow Dr Silvia Elaluf-Calderwood and Ms Louise Newton-Clare.
Dr Carla Bonina acted as researcher and editor for digital media dissemination.
The LSE Network Economy Forum gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Higher Education and Innovation Fund, fifth round (HEIF5).
- EU Commission (including the Cabinet of the Deputy President, Neelie Kroes, and the DG for Industry, Skills and Innovation)
- UK Parliamentarians
- UK/German/Italian telecom regulators
We also have longstanding links with the BBC and with the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information at Columbia Business School.
Funding was received from the Higher Education and Innovation Fund, fifth round (HEIF5), with a total of £2m being invested in various bids (not only ours) by LSE. The overall objective was to support dissemination of world class research to non-academic stakeholders. We gratefully acknowledge the HEIF5 financial support.