Foundations of the Knowledge Economy: Innovation, Learning and Clusters

Foundations of the Knowledge Economy: Innovation, Learning and Clusters

Language: English

Pages: 296

ISBN: 0857937715

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This book presents new evidence concerning the influential role of context and institutions on the relations between knowledge, innovation, clusters and learning.

From a truly international perspective, the expert contributors capture the most interesting and relevant aspects of knowledge economy. They explore an evolutionary explanation of how culture can play a significant role in learning and the development of skills. Presenting new data and theory developments, this insightful book reveals how changes in the dynamics of knowledge influence the circumstances under which innovation occurs. It also examines cluster development in the knowledge economy, from regional to virtual space.

This volume will prove invaluable to academics and researchers who are interested in exploring new ideas surrounding the knowledge economy. Those employed in consultant firms and the public sector, where an understanding of the knowledge economy is important, will also find plenty of relevant information in this enriching compendium.

Contributors: H.A. Cader, A. Cordes, A.P. Cornett, K.A. Gotvassli, H.S. Jensen, J.K. Jones, C.P. Junqueira, J.C. Leatherman, G. Maier, A. Murdock, O. Raspe, M. Russ, R. Scherer, R. Shearmur, J.A.R. Staduto, M. Trippl, F.G. van Oort, J.O. Vanebo, M. Walser, K.I. Westeren

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1960s and, as mentioned above, the concept of intellectual capital had emerged in the 1990s. The other ‘new’ forms of capital discussed were cultural and social capital. These various forms of capital and their role in value creation were seen in relation to the various forms of knowledge and competences that played an essential role in value creation. Capital, in the sense of stored potential, was located in the various different explicit and implicit routines and practices in the organization

the interrelationship between regional development and the (informal) learning at the single actor’s level. Chapter 10: Managing the new knowledge workers This chapter is about how to manage knowledge workers. This issue has many challenges in the fields of both leadership and personal management in knowledge-based organizations. Relevant questions include: • What are the problems of recruitment? • What are the principal motivational factors? • What forms of leaderships are attractive? •

more conventional variables should also be taken into account to control for more general spatial advantages (see Frenken et al., 2007; Audretsch et al., 2006). These are: (1) general regional growth, implying increasing market size, (2) spatial investment levels, an indication of physical renewals in the production environment, (3) sectoral wages, (4) newly built business premises, since they attract more than average economic activity that previously was not present in that location, (5)

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and forms of knowledge. The following analysis is based on the idea of looking at various conceptual domains, where the concept of knowledge is being used with a focus on these domains as established domains of expertise. It is worth noting the tendency towards a greater variety of uses and sources of significant uses of the concept. An example could be the emergence of the idea in connection with the development of ‘artificial intelligence’ of knowledge-based systems. As stated earlier, the term

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