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Industry and globalisation

Conference on implications of the digital transformation for the business sector

 

 8-9 November 2018  London, United Kingdom

 

The ongoing digital transformation holds the promise of improving productivity performance by enabling innovation and reducing the costs of a range of business processes. But at the same time as the rapid rise of digital technologies our economies have experienced a slowdown in productivity growth, sparking a lively debate about the potential for digital technologies to boost productivity. Today, as in the 1980s, when Nobel­ prize winner Robert Solow famously quipped: "we see computers everywhere but in the productivity statistics" there is again a paradox of rapid technological change and slow productivity growth.


Jointly organised by the OECD and the United Kingdom Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), this conference discussed factors that could explain such a puzzle and explored the role of policies in helping our economies realise the productivity benefit from this transformation. A video recording of the conference will be made available at a later date. For further information about the event, please contact petia.petrova@oecd.org


Background documents and speakers' presentations by session

 

1. Adoption of new digital tools and disruptive technology: What is the role of skills and policy?


2. The impact of the digital transformation on productivity


3. Competition in a digital world


4. Business dynamics and entrepreneurship


5. Tax challenges arising from digitalisation


6. International trade in the digital era


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