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Do global production networks and digital information systems make knowledge spatially fluid?

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Title: Do global production networks and digital information systems make knowledge spatially fluid?
Authors: Ernst, Dieter
Fagerberg, Jan
Hildrum, Jarle
LC Subject Headings: Information technology
Knowledge, Theory of
Globalization
Industrial management - Technological innovations
Business networks
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Series/Report no.: East-West Center working papers. Economics series ; no. 43
Abstract: Digital Information Systems (DIS) electronic systems that integrate software and hardware to enable communication and collaborative work are increasingly used to manage global production networks (GPN). There is a widespread belief that these developments create new opportunities for organizational learning and knowledge exchange across organizational and national boundaries, hence making knowledge more spatially fluid. This would have important implications for the location of knowledge intensive activities worldwide and the global distribution of income. The paper assesses these expectations. We conclude that, despite DIS, the fluidity of knowledge remains constrained in space: while cross-border exchange of knowledge has penetrated new geographic areas, it remains limited to a finite number of specialized clusters.
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Pages/Duration: 36 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/3674
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