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Distinguished Visiting Professor GES 4.0
Name: Edward Lorenz
Location: 69 Kingsway Ave, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 2092 Johannesburg Business School
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About Prof Edward Lorenz

Edward Lorenz is Emeritus Professor at the University of Côte d’Azur in France where he held the position of Professor of Economics between 2004 and 2019. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa and Adjunct Professor at the Aalborg University Business School in Denmark.

He is the former Vice President of Globelics, an international network of scholars working on innovation and development, and he is interim President of Eurolics, the European Branch of Globelics. He has regularly provided expert advice on innovation policies to the OECD, EUROFOUND and the European Commission and has contributed to numerous expert committees including the Measurement Working Group of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry at the OECD, the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship, and the expert group invited to discuss the “Future of Europe’s innovation policies” by the DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission.

In 2017 he was an invited speaker at the Regional Meeting on “Innovations for infrastructure development and sustainable industrialization” organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations and he participated in an expert panel on the “Implications of Technology and Innovation for the Future of Manufacturingorganized by UNIDO at the Forum on Science Technology and Innovation held at the UN headquarters in New York. In February 2019 he participated in the Workshop on “Science Technology and Innovation for the SDGs” organised by DESA and ESCAP in Bangkok, Thailand.


Ph.D. in Economics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

M.A. in Economics, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California

B.S. in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Research Interests

Innovation systems and innovation policy, sustainable development, organisation learning and education and training policies

Selected Publications

Lorenz, E., & Pommet, S. (2021). Mobile money, inclusive finance and enterprise innovativeness: an analysis of East African nations. Industry and Innovation28(2), 136-159.

Holm, J, E. Lorenz, and P. Nielsen) ‘Work and Job Polarization’, Research Policy, 49 (8), 2020., pp. 104-15.

Cézanne, Lorenz, E and L. Saglietto). Exploring the Economic and Social Impacts of Industry 4.0’, Revue d4économie Industrielle, Spring, 2020, pp. 11-36.

(with E. Kraemer-Mbula, L. Takala-Greenish, O. Jegede, T. Garba, M. Mutambala, and T. Esemu), ‘Are African micro- and small enterprises misunderstood? Unpacking the relationship between work organisation, capability development and innovation’, Int. J. Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 11 (1), 2019, pp. 1-30

(with E. Kraemer-Mbula), ‘Employee Learning and Enterprise Innovation Performance in Low- and Middle-Income Countries’, The IUP Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 2 XVII, No. 4, 2019, pp. 21-46.

(with J. Schmutzler), Tolerance, agglomeration, and enterprise innovation performance: a multilevel analysis of Latin American regions, Industrial and Corporate Change, 27 (2), 2018, pp. 243-268.

(with A. Egbetokun, R. Atta-Ankomah, and O. Jegede. Firm-level innovation in Africa: overcoming limits and constraints. Innovation and Development, 6(2), 2016, pp. 161-174.

(with B-A. Lundvall, E. Kraemer-Mbula and P. Rasmussen) “Work Organisation, Forms of Employee Learning and National Systems of Education and Training”, European Journal of Education, 51:2, 2016, pp: 154-175.

(with Jacob Holm) “Has ‘Discretionary Learning’ Declined During the Lisbon Agenda? A Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Study of Work Organisation in European Nations”, Industrial and Corporate Change, 24 (6), 2015, 1179-1214.

(with A. Arundel, B-A.  Lundvall  and  A. Valeyre)  “How  Europe’s  economies  learn:  a comparison of work organisation and innovation mode for the EU-15”,  Industrial and Corporate Change, 16 (6) 2007, pp. 1175-1210.

(with M. Jensen, B. Johnson  and  B-A. Lundvall)  “Forms of  knowledge  and modes  of innovation”, Research Policy, 36, 2007, pp. 680-693.