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Understanding the Dynamics of a Knowledge Economy
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Understanding the Dynamics of a Knowledge Economy

9781845423070 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Wilfred Dolfsma, Professor of Business Management & Organization, Wageningen University & Research and Luc Soete, Joint Director, United Nations University-Institute for New Technologies (UNU-INTECH) and the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT), and Professor of International Economics, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
Publication Date: 2006 ISBN: 978 1 84542 307 0 Extent: 288 pp
The ‘knowledge economy’ is a concept commonly deemed too ambiguous and elusive to hold any significance in current economic debate. This valuable book seeks to refute that myth. Presenting an important collection of views, from a number of leading scholars, this innovative volume visibly demonstrates that knowledge and information are a prime resource in driving the dynamics of an economy.

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The ‘knowledge economy’ is a concept commonly deemed too ambiguous and elusive to hold any significance in current economic debate. This valuable book seeks to refute that myth. Presenting an important collection of views, from a number of leading scholars, this innovative volume visibly demonstrates that knowledge and information are a prime resource in driving the dynamics of an economy.

It is argued that in order to understand the knowledge economy a diverse set of insights and approaches are required, which shed new and striking light on the roots of present-day economic dynamics. Using both theoretical and empirical material, this interdisciplinary collection offers a range of micro and macro perspectives. It draws on a variety of scientific backgrounds, and uses and develops a number of different methodologies, some of which may not be familiar in mainstream economics. The approaches adopted by historians, economists, systems theorists, management scholars and geographers which are explored in this book are central to encouraging a new and practical way forward in reading the dynamics of the knowledge economy.

In offering these key insights, this important volume makes an invaluable contribution to the lively debate surrounding the knowledge economy. An essential read for economists, this book will also find widespread appeal amongst scholars of management, cultural studies and geography.
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‘. . . the topical way in which the subject is discussed makes this book useful also for policymakers or entrepreneurs interested in the subject. It is also appropriate for Masters or Ph.D. students who have a basic background in economics and management. . . [the book] provides interesting and deep analysis of the dynamic of knowledge economy and it is very well written.’
– Francesca Masciarelli, Journal of Management and Governance
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Contributors: J. Bateira, W. Dolfsma, T. Dunnewijk, E. Garnsey, N. Lazaric, L. Leydesdorff, J. Mokyr, P. Muller, I. Salavisa, L. Soete, E. Stam, C. Thomas, R. Wintjes
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Contents:

Dynamics of a Knowledge Economy: Introduction
Wilfred Dolfsma and Luc Soete

1. The Great Synergy: The European Enlightenment as a Factor in Modern Economic Growth
Joel Mokyr

2. The Knowledge-Based Economy and the Triple Helix Model
Loet Leydesdorff

3. Reputation, Leadership and Communities of Practice: The Case of Open Source Software Development
Paul Muller

4. New Firms Evolving in the Knowledge Economy: Problems and Solutions Around Turning Points
Erik Stam and Elizabeth Garnsey

5. The Coordination and Codification of Knowledge Inside a Network, or the Building of an Epistemic Community: The Telecom Valley Case Study
Nathalie Lazaric and Catherine Thomas

6. Governance Forces Shaping Economic Development in a Regional Information Society: A Framework and Application to Flanders
Theo Dunnewijk and René Wintjes

7. The State at the Crossroads: From Welfare to the Knowledge-Based Society
Isabel Salavisa

8. Knowledge, the Knowledge Economy and Welfare Theory
Wilfred Dolfsma

9. Beyond the Codification Debate: A ‘Naturalist’ View of Knowledge
Jorge Bateira

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