A new dynamic of innovation is emerging around the world in spite of persistent innovation divides between countries and regions. Although innovation cannot cure the most immediate financial difficulties, it is a crucial element of sustainable growth. 

To guide policies and to help overcome divides, metrics are required. The Global Innovation Index 2012: Stronger Innovation linkages for Global Growth is primarily concerned with improving the 'journey' to better understanding innovation and with identifying targeted policies, good practices and other levers to foster innovation. 

This year the Global Innovation Index innovates in two ways: First it includes an analysis of the underlying factors influencing year-on-year changes in country rankings. Second, the strength and weaknesses of each economy are cleary identified in country profiles.