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Handbook on the Knowledge Economy

Edited by David Rooney, Associate Professor, Macquarie University, Australia, Greg Hearn, Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Australia and Abraham Ninan, Manager (Procurement Research), Procurement Development and Research Branch, Program Procurement Division, Department of Main Roads, Australia
This fascinating Handbook defines how knowledge contributes to social and economic life, and vice versa. It considers the five areas critical to acquiring a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge economy: the nature of the knowledge economy; social, cooperative, cultural, creative, ethical and intellectual capital; knowledge and innovation systems; policy analysis for knowledge-based economies; and knowledge management.
Extent: 320 pp
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Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 978 1 84376 795 4
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  • Business and Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Organisational Innovation
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Innovation Policy
  • Knowledge Management
  • Organisational Innovation
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Policy
This fascinating Handbook defines how knowledge contributes to social and economic life, and vice versa. It considers the five areas critical to acquiring a comprehensive understanding of the knowledge economy: the nature of the knowledge economy; social, cooperative, cultural, creative, ethical and intellectual capital; knowledge and innovation systems; policy analysis for knowledge-based economies; and knowledge management.

In presenting the outcomes of an important body of research, the Handbook enables knowledge policy and management practitioners to be more systematically guided in their thinking and actions. The contributors cover a wide disciplinary spectrum in an accessible way, presenting concise, to-the-point discussions of critical concepts and practices that will enable practitioners to make effective research, managerial and policy decisions. They also highlight important new areas of concern to knowledge economies such as wisdom, ethics, language and creative economies that are largely overlooked.

Distinguished by a combination of practical relevance and analytical rigour, this Handbook provides new insights into the basic mechanisms that constitute a knowledge economy and society, and will be invaluable to practitioners and academics in diverse areas of interest, including: knowledge management, innovation management, knowledge policy, social epistemology, and development studies.
Contributors: M. Banks, M. Boisot, S. Cunningham, P. Drahos, B. Fitzgerald, S. Fuller, P. Graham, G. Hearn, P. Jeffcut, R. Joseph, T. Keenan, D.M. Lamberton, S. Macdonald, T. Mandeville, B. McKenna, A. Ninan, H. Pillay, J. Reid, D. Rooney, R. Sanchez, U. Schneider, J. van Loon
Contents
Preface
1. Knowledge: Concepts, Policy, Implementation
David Rooney, Greg Hearn and Abraham Ninan
Part I: Concepts
2. The Material, Mental, Historical and Social Character of Knowledge
David Rooney and Ursula Schneider
3. Wisdom, Ethics and the Postmodern Organization
Bernard McKenna
4. Risk and Knowledge
Joost van Loon
5. Social Epistemology: Preserving the Integrity of Knowledge About Knowledge
Steve Fuller
6. Knowledge and Social Capital
Hitendra Pillay
Part II: Policy
7. Knowledge and Cultural Capital
Stuart Cunningham
8. The Organization of Creativity in Knowledge Economics: Exploring Strategic Issues
Paul Jeffcutt
9. Analysing Policy Values in a Knowledge Economy
Phil Graham
10. Knowledge Issues and Policy in the Operation of Industrial Clusters
Abraham Ninan
11. Intellectual Property Rights in the Knowledge Economy
Peter Drahos
Part III: Implementation
12. Information Sharing
Donald M. Lamberton
13. Collaboration and the Network Form of Organization in the New Knowledge-Based Economy
Thomas Mandeville
14. Exploring the Information Space: A Strategic Perspective on Information Systems
Max Boisot
15. ‘Tacit Knowledge’ Versus ‘Explicit Knowledge’ Approaches to Knowledge Management Practice
Ron Sanchez
16. Knowledge and Social Identity
Thomas Keenan
17. Managing Creativity in the Knowledge Economy
Mark Banks
18. Inexperience and Inefficiency in Information Transactions: Making the Most of Management Consultants
Stuart Macdonald
19. The Knowledge Worker: A Metaphor in Search of a Meaning?
Richard Joseph
20. How to be Productive in the Knowledge Economy: The Case of ICTs
Greg Hearn and Thomas Mandeville
21. Digital Rights Management (DRM): Managing Digital Rights for Open Access
Brian Fitzgerald and Jason Reid
Index