John Zysman

John ZysmanJohn Zysman is a professor of Political Science at the University of California Berkeley since 1974 teaching European politics and political economy, and is co-founder and co-director of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy(BRIE) since 1982. Professor Zysman received his B.A at Harvard and his Ph.D. at MIT. He has written extensively on European policy, Japanese policy and corporate strategy; his interests also include comparative politics and energy policy. Zysman’s 1987 publication, Manufacturing Matters: The Myth of the Post-Industrial Economy, with Stephen S. Cohen, was identified by BusinessWeek as one of the year’s top ten books. Since his book, Zysman has significantly redefined the understanding of how different sectors interact in the global division of labor, and how technology dynamics and political economy link. This has made him a key advisor and frequent speaker to governments, non-governmental organizations and corporations in Europe, Asia and the US on how to deal with globalization and how to enhance competitiveness. He served as member of the California Council on Science and Technology from 1995 to 2001.

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