John Zysman Professor Zysman is co-founder and co-director of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE), an international focal point for out-of-the-box thinking on the new networked economy, through which his thought-provoking work helps shape policy and strategy on trade and industry in the United States, Asia, and Europe.
His work with Laura Tyson, formerly chairperson of the U.S. National Economic Council, on American competitiveness, American Industry in International Competition, had a significant impact on American trade policy and strategies for technology development. His advice and guidance contributed to the framing of U.S. national trade strategies. When the focus shifted toward China, BRIE organized a group to advise on China’s entry to the World Trade Organization.
Professor Zysman’s recent work on the growing digitization of the global services economy resulted in the creation of the How Revolutionary Was the Digital Revolution? The impact and influence of this work led to the creation of his current project, Services With Everything, which argues that the production needs to be extended to include both manufacturing and capital-intensive services, as increasing value in the global economy is generated by the deployment of ICT-enabled services. John’s work increasingly focuses on the “green growth” economy, and the challenges and opportunities facing the global economy across these emerging domains. His views in “Green Growth: From Religion to Reality” have drawn praise from senior policymakers and business leaders.
Professor Zysman is actively involved in an advisory capacity with senior policymakers in Asia, Europe and North America. He has extensive experience in helping corporations develop and implement cross-border strategies and alliances in the high-technology sector. He supported and helped design programs for major American companies to develop corporate relations with Asian and European governments, including training programs for senior Chinese officials.
Over the years he has worked to develop links among industry, the National Laboratories, and the University of California, Berkeley. He has served on the director’s advisory board of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the advisory board of Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the steering committee of the Industry University cooperative research program of the university. He received his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University and his doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.