1. 2012

    Innovation and Change

  2. 2011

    What is the Catch Catching at Web?

  3. 2010

    Emergence of New Giants

  4. 2009

    Challenges & Opportunities

Past Symposiums « Symposium

Innovation and Change ♯ GIS 2012

It is through innovation and change not only of government administration, business management, science and technology, but also of the arts and humanities, that we come to reach the point of civilization we have achieved today.

The topic is divided into three sub-topics.

For more information, please visit GIS Taiwan 2012 website.

GIS 2012 Website

Detecting a New Trend

Innovation ties deeply with consumer needs and market trends. Determining the direction of the trend is one of the most important parts of many businesses. Without the existence of a trend the market would essentially be random and trading profitably would wind down to simple chance and luck. Therefore whoever sees changes in market trends before everyone else and acts on them will be the winner.

Analyzing a New Trend

Analyzing a new trend is no doubt crucial, as it recognizes and allays the potential risks for management of either following the trend or not following the trend for the management. As a result, in the process of innovation, the careful evaluation of a new trend actually plays a pivotal role as it helps an organization assess changes in the environment and thus react to them suitably with an innovative plan.

Taking the Lead

Taking the lead is the ultimate goal for innovation, as it distinguishes a leader from a follower. After evaluating the possibility to lead the trend, leaders or policy-makers should aim to prepare a plan as the blueprint to be followed in order to take the lead. Hence in order to survive in this dynamic market it is necessary for management to modify or change their plans in order to adapt them to the latest situations.


What is the Catch Catching at Web? ♯ GIS 2011

The Internet has dramatically changed human lifestyles and societies, greatly altering the transmission of information in the past two decades. The term “Information Revolution” highlights not only the importance of information but also the Internet through which the information may efficiently spread. In the 21st century, Internet-based software and hardware such as cloud computing, tablet PCs, and smart phones have evolved and progressed more rapidly than ever before, altering society in various dimensions and influencing the lives of all individuals.

The topic is divided into three sub-topics.

For more information, please visit GIS Taiwan 2011 website.

GIS 2011 Website

Killer Apps and the Soft Power of Nations

According to Gartner, one of the world’s leading information technology research and advisory companies, "Cloud computing is predicted to be one of the most important strategic techniques in 2010 and its overall market value will reach 1,500 billion dollars in 2013." Moreover, Gartner also predicts that “about 80 percent of Fortune 1000 enterprises will use Cloud-computing services in 2012. Internet users can dispose of hardware-intensive equipment and easily handle all their files wherever they go by using the Internet. This trend will not only transform the existing industrial patterns and business models but also gradually shift the focus of companies from hardware to software development, affecting every country and company while posing various challenges and opportunities.

Who Controls the Internet?

Through the rapid development of the Internet, a variety of information often circulates widely beyond personal, institutional and national boundaries. The openness of the Internet makes it problematic to some national authorities, and the sovereignty of nations in the “cyber world” is sometimes hard to identify. The issues whether or not one should govern Internet transmission as well as the protection and restriction of emerging rights of Internet users have gradually become highly debatable worldwide. Recent actions taken by governments to restrict or not to restrict the use of the Internet reflect a diversity of political values in the international community. These decisions will also have an influence on the future development of the Internet.

Individual Agents on the Internet

The Internet has created a worldwide platform for people to communicate and exchange ideas. In the space built by the Internet, creativity and innovation are stimulated, personal influences are enlarged, and the voices from different segments of society are heard. Everyone has the right to comment and speak up for their beliefs. The Internet has become a popular means for exchange of information, cooperation, and synthesis of different ideas to bring about greater changes. In addition, the freedom, convenience, equality and extensiveness of the Internet are influential factors giving individuals greater power over the world.


Emergence of New Giants: Evolution or Revolution ♯ GIS 2010

That Wall Street is the biggest financial center of the world and that English is a universal language are evidence of the dominance by western countries. Recently, with the impact and damage it has caused to developed countries, the latest financial crisis has offered a chance for developing countries to obtain economic prosperity and influence. China, for instance, currently overtakes Germany and the US as the world’s biggest exporter. The enormous trade deficit its cheap products have posed to other nations has brought on international boycott; Chinese authority’s refusal to let RMB appreciate has triggered great condemnation. It is apparent that with rapid economic growth and new gained diplomatic power come new challenges for developing countries.

The topic is divided into three sub-topics.

For more information, please visit GIS Taiwan 2010 website.

GIS 2010 Website

When East meets West: New Perspectives Under the Eastern Culture Expansion

In recent years, emerging East Asia is wielding its cultural influence over the world as its economy takes off, forcing Western cultures to again give weight to the value of East Asian cultures. Benefited from promising economic prospects, East Asia has gradually transformed itself from a passive culture receiver into a culture exporter.

While Japan and China, two of the main members of East Asian culture, are vigorous in exporting their cultures, the context they implied leaves much room for discussion.

Natural Resources: A Golden Apple for Emerging Countries?

At the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh in September 2009, a new world order was established. The G20 will now supersede the G8 self-styled industrial democracies that long have dominated international political and economic discourse. It encompasses not only advanced countries but also emerging countries, including China, India and others. The elevation of these countries’ political status heralds the reshaping of global economic landscape.

Emerging Countries at the Crossroads: Adoption of Green Technology

In contrast with developed countries, emerging countries have less steady industrial structure. They have more potential of sustaining green technology establishment due to more flexible industrial structure. Nevertheless, as the developed countries hold most funds and technologies, the cost for developing countries to establish green technology is much higher, making it insufficient to meet the aims of fast development.


Challenges and Opportunities, the Global Economy in the Transition Phase ♯ GIS 2009

As the old saying goes, "Where there is a will, there is a way." A decade ago, the world once pondered the potential issues we would encounter at the coming of the millennium. Now, another rigorous challenge, the financial turmoil commencing since the second half of 2007, lies before us while all international actors are trying to find a way out. It is our responsibility, as individual members of the global village, to acknowledge, record and analyze, great events long the course of human history. We envisage that these acknowledgements, records and analysis would define the problems, and generate the most adequate solution.

The topic is divided into three sub-topics.

For more information, please visit GIS Taiwan 2009 website.

GIS 2009 Website

Rethinking of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Social Entrepreneurship

Today, most companies endeavor to involve themselves in philanthropy activities to demonstrate to the public that they indeed care about the society while pursing their primary business goals - profits. A recent survey showed that over 95% of CEOs indicated that the society has higher expectations for the corporations to take on more social responsibilities than it did five years ago. These phenomena seem to point out one changing trend in the business field: that Corporate Social Responsibility, which once seemed only to play a supporting role on the stage, may now be hosting the show in the business world.

Bliss or Misery? — Contemplating the Engagement of Cultural Forms and Economic Progress

The engagement of culture and economic progress has been a rising concern. Increasing interaction and intensifying tension between culture and economic progress, particularly sharpened by globalization, have drawn the attention of many political entities and economic organizations. In the past, economists used to exclude culture from decision making; now many of them address it as an indispensible part of economic policy. In the World Bank and UNESCO, many projects have been developed regarding the beneficial effects of both culture sustainability and economic development. With the global economy in transition, it is crucial to contemplate the engagement of culture and economic progress, as well as its potential risk and opportunity.

Find the Next Wave to Ride On — New Business Strategies in the Changing World

"You can never step into the same river twice." Ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus said. The world never stops changing. Some changes are small and temporary, while others are significant, irresistible and thus become worldwide phenomenon. These are referred to as a "trend." A trend is defined as "a general development or change in a situation that people are behaving." It is inevitable, continuous, and makes a great impact on people's lives, as well as the business entities involved.