Journal of the Knowledge Economy

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List of Papers (Total 35)

A Quadruple and Quintuple Helix Approach to Regional Innovation Systems in the Transformation to a Forestry-Based Bioeconomy

This article aims to understand the possible preconditions for the transformation of a regional innovation system (RIS) into a quadruple and quintuple helix system applied to the development of a sustainable forestry-based bioeconomy in Värmland, Sweden. Research points to the necessity not only of further developing current innovation systems to include more actors than earlier ...

Communication and Innovation in Cooperatives

Cooperatives differ in their intensity of horizontal and vertical communications, their innovation policies, and their centralization of decision-making power. We aim to establish relationships between these communication, innovation, and decision-making aspects of cooperatives, and to identify the circumstances when a particular configuration adds most value. Horizontal and ...

Involving Consumers: The Role of Digital Technologies in Promoting ‘Prosumption’ and User Innovation

Since the First Industrial Revolution, consumers have been mainly considered as playing a passive role with regard to production. However, the recent decades have seen a progressive growth in consumer involvement in production processes, for instance, in the form of user innovation, DIY and mass customisation. Yet, it was not until the advent of digital technologies that consumers’ ...

Analysis of the Impact of Governance on Bank Performance: Case of Commercial Tunisian Banks

Most studies that have investigated the relationship between governance and performance of banks were interested in the developed countries and to a lesser extent, the emerging countries. In this study, we tried to look from an empirical perspective, at the impact of governance through some internal mechanisms, on the performance of banks in a developing country like Tunisia. ...

Informating Smart Cities Governance? Let Us First Understand the Atoms!

This paper discusses the atomic factors that make up governance with a focus on Smart Cities informatability. The guiding question is whether or not, or how, respectively, governance can be informated; informatization is defined as the ability of systems to be steered/controlled/created from within the digital dimension by means of software tools and applications. The disciplinary ...

Being Innovator or ‘Imovator’: Current Dilemma?

Currently high competitive environment of emerging markets is characterized by a new typology of firm. Such new kind of firm has been defined second mover or ‘imovator’. An imovator combines aspects of both imitation and innovation strategies (Shenkar 2010). It exploits the external resources and capabilities of its own network system in order to improve business performance and ...

Internationalising Smart Specialisation: Assessment and Issues in the Case of EU New Member States

Smart specialisation is currently probably the largest innovation policy experiment in the world. Its aim is to move the EU less developed countries and regions on path of R&D-based growth. This transformation requires not only endogenous knowledge and technology accumulation building but also coupling with international knowledge and production networks. Yet, internationalisation ...

Multi-Business Firms, Knowledge Flows and Intra-Network Open Innovations

The increasing competition in the marketplace has led firms to change their innovation patterns to a more open system according to which they rely on networks to manage knowledge resources and innovate. The so-called open innovation paradigm has been developed by taking single-business firms and external networks as cornerstones of the standard model. However, in the case of ...

The Impact of FDI Inflows and Environmental Quality on Economic Growth: an Empirical Study for the MENA Countries

This study examines the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows, environmental quality, and capital stock on economic growth in 17 Middle East and North African Countries (MENA) countries. We did our analysis in the panel framework over the period 1990–2012 using both the static (ordinary least squares method (OLS), fixed effect (FE), and random effect (RE)) and dynamic ...

Stock Market, Interest Rate and Exchange Rate Risk Effects on non Financial Stock Returns During the Financial Crisis

In this paper, we examine the sensitivity of nonfinancial sector stock returns to the market, exchange rate risk, and interest rates in two nonfinancial sectors (technology and industry) in eight countries, including various European economies, the USA and China, over the period 2006–2009. We also test for the presence of causality-in-mean and volatility spillovers. The empirical ...

Intellectual Management: An Integrative Theory

Knowledge and character play similarly important roles in knowledge organizations. This paper aims to propose a novel management theory, Intellectual Management (IlM), which is an integration of knowledge management (KM) and character management (CM). Through case study, the management practices in three famous Chinese enterprises were summarized and comparatively analyzed. Taking ...

The Creative Development of Fields: Learning, Creativity, Paths, Implications

I present a model of the creative development of a field and analysis of the model based on an extensive set of simulations. A field as defined here is a domain for human activity and engagement, including for example standard academic fields as well as practical fields like law, medicine, design, and fields of technology. In the model in this paper, the field is defined in terms ...

Are There Learning Agents in Innovative Firms? A Study of the Potential Role of Human Resource Managers in Learning and Innovation

This article takes the link between learning and innovation as its starting point and explores how this relationship might be managed within the innovative firm. In order to gain a better overview of the kinds of activities, which might be involved in managing and promoting the kind of learning, which will result in innovation, some criteria have been developed. These criteria are ...

Targeting Academic Engagement in Open Innovation: Tools, Effects and Challenges for University Management

Besides commercialization, university knowledge is commonly transferred through different interactions constituting the so called academic engagement. Very little attention has been paid to professionalizing these various interactions compared to the linear commercialization funnel. In this paper, we conducted a qualitative case study of the innovation support organization at ...

Facilitating an Entrepreneurial Discovery Process for Smart Specialisation. The Case of Poland

The purpose of this paper is to study stakeholder involvement in research and innovation policy in Poland in the context of smart specialisation exercise. The article addresses the questions to what extent initiatives such as the foresight programmes, strategic research and development programmes, and sectoral research programmes facilitate the entrepreneurial discovery process for ...

Regional ICT Innovation in the European Union: Prioritization and Performance (2008–2012)

In the current programming period, European Union (EU) regions and member states that want to use European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) are required to develop innovation strategies for smart specialization (RIS3) based on the idea of rational strategic management. In order to explore the relationship between strategic policy design and policy performance, this article maps ...

User-Producer Dialogue, Workplace Innovation, and Knowledge in a Regional Innovation System

This study aims at creating new knowledge about the connections between regional innovation systems, the enterprises they enclose, and their individual employees in order to better understand the enterprises’ innovation processes. A particular focus is directed at the interaction of these employees both within their own enterprises and with individuals and institutions outside ...

Methods for Developing Innovative SME Networks

The purpose of this paper is to study whether and how to facilitate the creation of new networks and discuss methods for developing innovative small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) networks, or more specifically methods that initiate knowledge mobility and support the development of trustful relationships. Network individual, group, and plenary reflection (IGP), a hybrid dialog ...

Elucidating How Environment Affects Patterns of Network Change: A Case Study of the Evolution of an Industrial Network in the Flat Panel Display Sector

As science and technology policy-makers focus on understanding how industry networks evolve, this study discusses how environmental changes affect the evolution of industrial networks, especially in the flat panel display (FPD) sector. By investigating different environmental scenarios, it can be shown that changes of environmental munificence and environmental uncertainty ...

Would ‘Good’ Values Yield Good ‘Value’? Positioning Higher Education in an Emerging Knowledge Economy

The values and the value of higher education are equally contested issues in contemporary South Africa. The affirmation of the ‘utility’ or ‘market value’ of higher education (Etzkowitz 2002), especially in the context of an emerging network knowledge economy (Castells 1996), is sometimes seen as threatening to traditional higher education values of ‘reason and culture’ (Barnett ...

Knowledge Exchange Mechanisms and Innovation Policy in Post-Industrial Regions: Approaches of the Basque Country and the West Midlands

Many countries and regions struggle with utilization of knowledge assets and they developed over the years research and innovation infrastructure to enhance innovation in the private sector. The objective of this study is to review the innovation policy initiatives promoting innovation and cooperation between the regional knowledge base and private sector based on the experience of ...

Symbiotic Learning Systems: Reorganizing and Integrating Learning Efforts and Responsibilities Between Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) and Work Places

This article presents the idea of “symbiotic learning systems” as a possible strategy for dealing with institutional knowledge and learning challenges posed by an emerging transition from “socially monopolized” to “socially distributed” knowledge generation and distribution. As knowledge production and learning become increasingly relocated from segregated and specialized ...