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Publication: Exaptationary Industry 4.0: Graphene as pathfinder?

Kovács, O. (2024): Exaptationary Industry 4.0: Graphene as pathfinder? Technological Forecasting and Social Change,  Volume 200, March 2024, 123183, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2023.123183 This paper seeks to answer the puzzling question whether Industry 4.0 inevitably triggers a sociogenesis that results in new attitudes toward the nature of the socio-economic innovation ecosystem. It asks whether Industry 4.
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Book: Reversing the Great Suppression

Kovács, O. (2023): Reversing the Great Suppression – Unleashing the Catalytic Public Sector for Innovation Dynamism. Ludovika Publishing, Budapest, p. 368 Somewhere along the line, something happened to the global economy that has robbed the confidence and courage of the innovation ecosystem, leaving it gripped by a fear of discovery, change, and an overwhelming dread of the unknown. This book delves into the i
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Instant Digital Economy? – Hungary Going Digital

Kovacs, O. (2020): Instant Digital Economy? – Hungary Going Digital. KKI Policy Brief, 2020/07. Abstract The aim of this paper is threefold. First, it addresses the question whether optimism about the instant productivity-boosting character of Industry 4.0 and digital transformation is justified. Second, by keeping in mind the potential pitfalls of such a production revolution, it looks at Hungary to see how it is pr
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Annual Conference for the Swedish Network for European Studies in Economics and Business

Title Annual Conference for the Swedish Network for European Studies in Economics and Business Role Role: speaker Title of the presentation: The Visegrad Countries and the Fourth Industrial Revolution in a Multispeed Europe Location Lund University School of Economics and Management, and the Swedish Network for European Studies in Economics and Business, AF Borgen, Lund, Sweden. Date 13-14 November 2018
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The Complexity of the European Integration – The General Vectors of Disorientegration

Kovács, O. (2018): The Complexity of the European Integration – The General Vectors of Disorientegration. European Mirror, Vol. 21., Special Edition No. 1, pp. 29-47. The paper transcends prevailing literature on the crisis of European integration by demonstrating that disorientegration (losing orientation and weakening integration) is not a recent fortuitous event but a systemic pattern. It shows how the centrifugal
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Hungary’s Competitiveness – Improvements or Fata Morgana?

By 2018, the Hungarian (47th) competitiveness seems to have reached a relative turning point by ostensibly breaking the declining path that followed the year 2016.In reality, by this move, Hungary has just returned to the levels where it always belonged to. Since the Hungarian competitiveness is covered by the dense fog of uncertainty in many domains (uncertainties over autocratic and anti-democratic governance, unce
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Unfolding Energy Efficiency in Eastern Partnership Countries

Kovács, O. (2017): Unfolding Energy Efficiency in Eastern Partnership Countries. Cornell University, Jonhson Cornell, SC Jonhson College of Business, Cornell On Emerging Markets, No. 16 Fostering energy efficiency is a prerequisite of sustainable development. A recently published Synthesis Report examines the innovation ecosystem in member countries of the Eastern Partnership Countries of the European Union and its r
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An Old Theory vs. Complexity – Federalism, Transfer System and (non)Growth

For a long time, economic literature (theoretical and empirical) suggested that one of the best performing countries (in terms of innovativeness, productivity, growth, democracy, decreasing inequality etc.) are those having highly decentralised system, the so called fiscal federalism and the associated transfer system. Germany is one of those countries. The apropos of this short rudimentary post is the recent evidenc
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Talent-competitiveness of Hungary – Decline without „Fleurs du Mal”

Kovács, O. (2016): Talent-competitiveness of Hungary – Decline without „Fleurs du Mal”. Society and Economy, Vol. 38., No. 4. pp. 537–558 DOI: 10.1556/204.2016.38.4.6 This paper debunks the popular belief about the world class performance of the Hungarian education system. In so doing, the paper offers some ammunition to better understand Hungary’s position in the IMD World Talent Report 2015 (IMD WTR 2015). Firstly,
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Energy Efficiency in Eastern Partnership Countries

Kovács, O. (2016): Energy Efficiency in Eastern Partnership Countries – Unfolding Research & Development and Innovation in Promoting Energy Efficiency. INNOVER-EAST Synthesis Report, August 2016. About the INNOVER-EAST project The 36-month INNOVER-EAST project targets five countries of the Eastern Partnership of the European Union (in short, EPCs: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine) to overcome the
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