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Public Policy In Knowledge-Based Economies

Foundations and Frameworks

David Rooney , Greg Hearn , Thomas Mandeville , Richard Joseph

David Rooney, Associate Professor, UQ Business School, University of Queensland, Australia, Greg Hearn, Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Thomas Mandeville, Senior Lecturer, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia and Richard Joseph, Assistant State Manager (Program Solutions), WA Office, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Perth, Australia

2003 208 pp Hardback 978 1 84064 340 4
ebook isbn 978 1 78195 680 9

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Series: New Horizons in Public Policy series



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‘The style is refreshing; the authors cut through a great deal of the nonsense written in recent times about “knowledge management”; and take the ball away from the IT crowd and try to give it to the social thinkers.’
– Donald M. Lamberton, Australian National University, Australia

Knowledge is a product of human social systems and, therefore, the foundations of the knowledge-based economy are social and cultural. Communication is central to knowledge creation and diffusion, and Public Policy in Knowledge-Based Economies highlights specific social and cultural conditions that can enhance the communication, use and creation of knowledge in a society.

The purpose of this book is to illustrate how these social and cultural conditions are identified and analysed through new conceptual frameworks. Such frameworks are necessary to penetrate the surface features of knowledge-based economies – science and technology – and disclose what drives such economies.

Contents
Contents: Preface Introduction 1. What is Knowledge? 2. Defining the Knowledge Economy 3. The Global Context of the Knowledge Economy 4. Complexity and Changing Knowledge Systems 5. Micro Contexts: Decisionmaking and Risk 6. Foundations for Knowledge-Related Policy 7. Beyond Information Policy 8. Knowledge Policies and the Role of Government in the 21st Century 9. Epilogue References Index

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‘. . . these authors have articulated what it is that needs to be done for a more equitable knowledge-based economy. This is a worthwhile achievement, and governments would do well to read and contemplate.’
– Bernard McKenna, Prometheus

‘The style is refreshing; the authors cut through a great deal of the nonsense written in recent times about “knowledge management”; and take the ball away from the IT crowd and try to give it to the social thinkers.’
– Donald M. Lamberton, Australian National University, Australia

Knowledge is a product of human social systems and, therefore, the foundations of the knowledge-based economy are social and cultural. Communication is central to knowledge creation and diffusion, and Public Policy in Knowledge-Based Economies highlights specific social and cultural conditions that can enhance the communication, use and creation of knowledge in a society.

The purpose of this book is to illustrate how these social and cultural conditions are identified and analysed through new conceptual frameworks. Such frameworks are necessary to penetrate the surface features of knowledge-based economies – science and technology – and disclose what drives such economies.

The authors employ a trans-disciplinary approach to explore the nature of knowledge systems or environments and examine questions regarding the measurement of knowledge. Lessons are drawn from a variety of perspectives, including the history of information policy, philosophy, economic history, sociology, psychology, information economics, complex systems theory, organisational knowledge theory and political science.

This book will provide policymakers, analysts and academics with the fundamental tools needed for the development of policy in this little understood and emerging area.



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