EMU Report
European Economic and Monetary Union: Global Finance, States and Strategic Concepts of Monetary Sovereignty

Author: Takis Damaskopoulos
Series: Study
Publication Date: September 2004
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Abstract
The interpretation of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) remains the subject of considerable academic and political debate. Indeed, few aspects of the transformation of the postwar world order elicit greater diversity of interpretation than the process of EMU. Interpretations have been as varied as the academic specialties and political vantage points they reflect; interpretations that are as contradictory as they are mutually exclusive. EMU is seen as the expression of Anglo-American neoliberalism leading to the regional consolidation of the power of global finance while, at the same time, it is being decried as a covert attempt to construct a Euro-socialist state under the guise of a “European model of society”. It is seen as a project of constructing German hegemony on a continental European basis while, simultaneously, it is considered as an example of the strategic brilliance of the French political elite who seek to safeguard the interests of the French state within a European monetary constitutional structure.
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Lithuania SF1 report

Skills and Labour Market Evaluation across the OECDSkills and Labour Market Evaluation in the Biotechnology, Mechatronics, Laser and Information Fields across the OECD

Author: Takis Damaskopoulos
Series: Study
Publication Date: January 2008
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Abstract
This study constitutes an initial part of the Lithuania Skills and Labour Market Evaluation project. The objective of the project is to analyze and assess the current state of the labour market conditions, the skills demand and supply dynamics, and the drivers of future specialist demand in four areas of high technology research and development: biotechnology, mechatronics, laser technologies, and information technologies (HT4). The project is structured around two stages of development. Stage I develops a methodology in the field of specialist demand analysis in the HT4. Stage II involves the implementation of a pilot project on specialist demand in the HT4 in Lithuania.
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Lithuania SF2 report

Action Plan for SME e-Business Support for 2008-2013Action Plan for SME e-Business Support for 2008-2013 for the Government of Lithuania

Authors: Takis Damaskopoulos, Rimantas Gatautis
Series: Study
Publication Date: July 2008
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Abstract
This study constructs the basis of the national Action Plan for SME e-business support for 2008-2013 in the Republic of Lithuania. It has been commissioned to the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research (EIIR) by the Information Society Development Committee under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. The aim of the Plan is to encourage and assist small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), to use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in a way that will maximize their business performance and competitive advantage. Effective use of ICT across all sectors of the economy can act as a driver to increase competitiveness. ICT connectivity across the European Union (EU) is widespread in businesses of all sizes. SMEs, however, lag significantly behind larger firms in adopting ICT which in turn compromises and limits their economic potential and competitiveness.
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Network Topology Report
Toward a Network Topology of Enterprise Transformation and Innovation

Author: Takis Damaskopoulos
Series: Study
Publication Date: January 2003
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Abstract
In the emerging new economy, innovation constitutes the foundation of the competitiveness and value-creation capabilities of economic organizations. Innovation has emerged as a strategic issue because of the disarticulation of established economic and social structures and processes that the knowledge-driven economy and society bring in their path. However, innovation is not something happening “inside” organizations but rather at the networked interfaces of organizations with the business, regulatory, and institutional environments within which they operate. The process of innovation is increasingly driven by open-source networks of cooperation and involves dynamic interrelationships between technological transformations, organizational capabilities of firms, and public institutional and regulatory structures supportive of innovation and entrepreneurship.
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