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The 'knowledge economy' has become a much-used expression in recent years. Governments seek to develop policies that encourage the growth of knowledge intensive activities associated with modern business and competitiveness. Knowledge itself is regarded as the most important resource to drive economic progress in the 'new economy' and thereby lead to improved standards of living. Yet there is no clear definition of what the knowledge economy actually means, or how it differs from the 'old economy', For example, is it about new 
technology, or about the change, in advanced economies, whereby services have replaced manufacturing as the largest economic sector or, perhaps, it is about the different kinds of skills and qualifications needed in the modern world.

The aim is to examine some of these questions - particularly in the context of regional level economies. The project will thus examine the dynamics of knowledge in the economies of European regions to inform policy makers seeking to promote the transition of Europe towards a knowledge-based society. The five-year project has a partnership of 28 researchers and practitioners, from 12 countries across Europe, including many world-leading economists, sociologists and economic geographers. 

New forms of knowledge production and the role of knowledge intensive business services (KIBS) in regional trajectories to the knowledge economy

The contribution of Prof. Simone Strambach consists amongst others of a sectoral study on KIBS (knowledge intensive business services) in Europe, on new forms of knowledge production and the role KIBS in regional trajectories to the knowledge economy. Furthermore, she will conduct firm-level case studies on knowledge and innovation biographies in the KIBS sector. Additionally she is permanently involved in theoretical, conceptual and empirical research issues of the EURODITE project.

You can retrieve more information on the objectives and the partners of this project from this PDF

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