Knowledge Management in the Learning Society

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Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

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08 Mar 2000
9789264181045 (PDF) ;9789264171824(print)

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To function and prosper in the learning society, the management of knowledge is becoming a new and crucial challenge for both private companies and public organisations. It is increasingly important for companies and organisations to produce, share and use knowledge on a national and global scale. However, there is an urgent need for analysis of the knowledge economy both at the micro- and macro economic level in order to understand its characteristics and dynamics, and to identify the most appropriate routes for policy development. Little is known on how sectors and organisations could use knowledge more efficiently and how to benchmark organisations as learning organisations. This book is an ambitious attempt to address these issues through a better understanding of knowledge and learning processes at a sectorial level. It analyses and compares concretely the processes of knowledge production, dissemination and use in the engineering, the information and communication technology, the health and the education sectors.

Governments urgently need better knowledge bases for determining educational policy and practice in an increasingly interconnected world. The rate, quality and success in knowledge creation, mediation and application are relatively low in the education sector compared with other sectors. Unlike sectors such as medicine and engineering, education has not yet seen continuous and clear improvements due to technical and organisational advances. The book makes a strong plea for strengthening the knowledge management at every level of the education system.

Also available in French, Hungarian
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Table of Contents

Part I. Knowledge Management in the Learning Society
Chapter 1. Understanding the Role of Education in the Learning Economy: The Contribution of Economics by Bengt-Ake Lundvall of Aalborg University, Denmark
-Chapter 2. The Production, Mediation, and Use of Knowledge in Different Sectors by David Hargreaves, Cambridge University
-Chapter 3. Lessons for Education: Creating a Learning System by David Hargreaves, Cambridge University
-Chapter 4. An Emerging Research Agenda
Part II. Production, Mediation, and Use of Knowledge: Some Examples, Edited by M. Saussois
Presentation of Experts' Reports on the Management of Knowledge by Jean-Michel Saussois of the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris
-Knowledge and Innovation Systems by Richard R. Nelson, Columbia University
-The Learning Economy: Some Implications for the Knowledge Base of Health and Education Systems by Bengt-Ake Lundvall, Aalborg University, Denmark
-Industrial Policy, Competence Blocs, and the Role of Science in Economic Development: An Institutional Theory of Industrial Policy by Gunnar Eliasson, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
-Industrial Innovation and the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge: Implications for University-Industry Relationships by Hans Scheutze, University of British Columbia
-The Changing Paradigm of Knowledge in Health Care: Implications of Evolutionary Experience in the United States by Jeffrey C. Bauer, Center for the New West, Denver, Colorado
-Informaiton, Computerisation, and Medical Practice in France at the End of the 20th Century by Jean de Kervasdoue, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, France
-Higher Education Research in Europe by Maurice Kogan, Brunel University, UK
-Notes on the Production and Useof Knowledge in the Education Sector by Martin Carnoy, Stanford University
-The Production, Mediation, and Use of Professional Knowledge Among Teachers and Doctors: A Comparative Analysis by David H. Hargreaves, University of Cambridge, UK
-Characterising the Knowledge Base: Available and Missing Indicators by Dominique Foray, Universite Paris-Dauphine, France

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