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The economics of knowledge reproduction by inscription

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  • Dominique Foray
  • W. Edward Steinmueller

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The focus of this paper is on how humans reproduce their knowledge and understanding, their know-what and their know-how, in forms outside of themselves through inscription. The paper develops the analysis of inscription technologies in two phases. The first involves an examination of specific technologies and their relation to the cultivation of individual and group skills as well as organizational routines. The second phase takes up the question of how the representation of knowledge influences the potentials for inscription. The essence of the argument is that new opportunities are emerging for scripting reproduction of human expression and works, with the potential for transforming the rate and direction of both variety production and selection. The 'inherent' capabilities of these new scripting techniques are profound and they may serve to produce new expressions that differ as significantly from our current literate culture as our own culture differs from the oral culture of pre-literate societies. Copyright 2003, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Industrial and Corporate Change.

Volume (Year): 12 (2003)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 299-319

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Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:12:y:2003:i:2:p:299-319

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  1. Bruce S. Tether & Qian Cher Li & Andrea Mina, 2012. "Knowledge-bases, places, spatial configurations and the performance of knowledge-intensive professional service firms," Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press, vol. 12(5), pages 969-1001, September.
  2. Cacciatori, Eugenia, 2008. "Memory objects in project environments: Storing, retrieving and adapting learning in project-based firms," Research Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 37(9), pages 1591-1601, October.
  3. Francesco Quatraro, 2011. "ICT Capital and Services Complementarities. The Italian Evidence," Post-Print, HAL halshs-00727611, HAL.
  4. Scott, Allen J., 2010. "Cultural economy and the creative field of the city," MPRA Paper 32108, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Manlio Giudice & Maria Della Peruta & Vincenzo Maggioni, 2013. "Collective Knowledge and Organizational Routines within Academic Communities of Practice: an Empirical Research on Science–Entrepreneurs," Journal of the Knowledge Economy, Springer, Springer, vol. 4(3), pages 260-278, September.
  6. Mike Bartholomaei, 2005. "To Know is to Be: Three Perspectives on the Codification of Knowledge," SPRU Working Paper Series, SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex 131, SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex.
  7. Bodas Freitas, Isabel Maria & Iizuka, Michiko, 2012. "Openness to international markets and the diffusion of standards compliance in Latin America. A multi level analysis," Research Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 201-215.

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