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Innovation, Competence Building and Social Cohesion in Europe

Towards a Learning Society Edited by Pedro Conceição, Manuel V. Heitor, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research, Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal and Bengt-Åke Lundvall, Professor of Economics, Department of Business Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark and Professor, Sciences-Po, Paris, France
It is almost universally accepted that we are moving increasingly towards an information society, where knowledge and learning are the new currency of power. This book seeks to challenge this axiom by looking in more detail at the subtle relationships between knowledge and social development. The editors are at pains to differentiate the process of knowledge creation from the simple accumulation of knowledge.

The original contributions within this book are aimed at capturing new socio-economic trends and finding policy strategies promoting the learning society in Europe through joint efforts and integrated actions on innovation, competence building and social cohesion.
Extent: 362 pp
Hardback Price: £103.00 Web: £92.70
Publication Date: 2003
ISBN: 978 1 84064 980 2
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Innovation Policy
It is almost universally accepted that we are moving increasingly towards an information society, where knowledge and learning are the new currency of power. This book seeks to challenge this axiom by looking in more detail at the subtle relationships between knowledge and social development. The editors are at pains to differentiate the process of knowledge creation from the simple accumulation of knowledge.

The original contributions within this book are aimed at capturing new socio-economic trends and finding policy strategies promoting the learning society in Europe through joint efforts and integrated actions on innovation, competence building and social cohesion.

Innovation, Competence Building and Social Cohesion in Europe will be of special interest to researchers and scholars of science and innovation and technical change. Its policy recommendations will ensure that the book will also appeal to social scientists of education policy.
Contributors: C. Antonelli, H.-P. Blossfeld, A. Booth, J. Caraça, R. Carneiro, J.L. Christensen, P. Conceição, D. Gallie, A.N. Gjerding, M.V. Heitor, E. Lorenz, B.-Å. Lundvall, L.K. Mytelka, H. Niemi, M. João Rodrigues, C. Saraceno, K. Smith, H. Steedman, J. Wickham
Contents: Preface Introduction 1. Towards a Learning Society Part I: Fostering Innovation Introductory Note: Novelty, Knowledge and Learning 2. Interactions Between Policy Learning and Innovation Theory 3. Manna Trajectories and Networks: Shifting Heuristics in the Economics of Innovation and New Technologies 4. Policy Integration and Action Diversification: Learning from the Portuguese Path Part II: Promoting Organisational Learning Introductory Note: Innovation and Organisational Change 5. Understanding Technological and Organisational Change 6. The Flexible Firm: New Concepts and Differences Between the Nordic Systems of Innovation 7. Broadening the Analysis of Innovation Systems – Competition, Organisational Change and Employment Dynamics in the Danish System Part III: Building Competences Introductory Note: Innovation and Competence Building 8. On Knowledge and Learning for the New Millennium 9. Low Skills – A Social Problem for Europe 10. Competence Building in Life-Wide Learning 11. Trade Unions in Western Europe: An Overview and Prospects for Social Inclusion and Competence Building Part IV: Striving for Social Cohesion Introductory Note: Innovation and Social Cohesion 12. Unemployment, Work and Welfare 13. Locally-Based Actions to Counteract Social Exclusion: What We May Learn from TSER Research 14. Globalisation, Social Inequality and the Role of Country-Specific Institutions Index