The global knowledge economy in question

Roberts, Joanne (2009) The global knowledge economy in question. Critical Perspectives on International Business, 5 (4). pp. 285-303. ISSN 1742-2043

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17422040911003033

Abstract

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to bring into question the idea of the global knowledge economy. Design/methodology/approach – The paper explores the characteristics of the knowledge economy, as elaborated by academics and policy makers concerned with knowledge in the contemporary global business environment. A range of available data is reviewed concerning the global distribution of investments in knowledge, information and communications technologies (ICTs), international transactions in knowledge-intensive services and royalty and licensing fees, employment by sector and literacy rates. Such data provide a basis for an initial critical evaluation of the notion of the global knowledge economy.
Findings – The use of the term “global knowledge economy” fails to acknowledge the uneven distribution of knowledge-based economic activity. Moreover, as currently constituted, the idea of a global knowledge economy, which focuses on knowledge as conceptualised in the commercial activities of advanced countries, overlooks the diversity of knowledges present in the world today.
Originality/value – This paper provides the first attempt to question and critically explore the global knowledge economy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge management, globalization
Subjects: N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2010 15:16
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:53
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2703

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