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Competition and transformation in the learning economy - Illustrated by the Danish case

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  • Bengt-Âke Lundvall
  • Peter Nielsen

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[fre] Cet article développe le concept d'économie de la connaissance. Il défend l'idée que la phase actuelle de la concurrence capitaliste caractérisée par une accélération du changement place les individus et les firmes devant un besoin d'acquisition de nouvelles compétences ainsi qu'une contrainte d'oubli de connaissances anciennes. Les travailleurs peu qualifiés aux compétences rigides qui n'ont pas appris à apprendre sont les plus exposés. Sur la base de nouvelles données sur l'économie danoise, l'article met en évidence des mécanismes fondamentaux qui montrent en quoi la concurrence accrue conduit à la fois à une intensification de l'innovation et à la perte d'emplois non qualifiés. [eng] This paper develops the concept of the learning economy. It argues that the current phase of capitalist competition is characterised by accelerating change that confronts individuals and firms with the requirement to learn new skills and forget old ones. Workers with little training and rigid skills who have not learn to learn are especially exposed. The paper illustrates some of the most fundamental mechanism with new data from the Danish economy that demonstrate how intensified competition results in more innovation but also in a loss of jobs for the unskilled workers.

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Article provided by Programme National Persée in its journal Revue d'économie industrielle.

Volume (Year): 88 (1999)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 67-89

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Handle: RePEc:prs:recind:rei_0154-3229_1999_num_88_1_1745

Note: DOI:10.3406/rei.1999.1745
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  1. José Albors-Garrigos & José L. Hervas-Oliver, 2011. "Making sense of innovation by R&D and non-R&D innovators in low technology contexts: a forgotten lesson for policymakers," Working Papers. Serie EC 2011-06, Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie).
  2. Bengt-Åke Lundvall, 2004. "Why the New Economy is a Learning Economy," DRUID Working Papers 04-01, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
  3. Lam, Alice & Lundvall, Bengt-Aake, 2007. "The Learning Organisation and National Systems of Competence Building and Innovation," MPRA Paper 12320, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Danielle Galliano & Luis Orozco, 2013. "New technologies and firm organization : the case of electronic traceability systems in French agribusiness," Post-Print halshs-00846618, HAL.
  5. Anja Cotic Svetina & Igor Prodan, 2008. "How Internal and External Sources of Knowledge Contribute to Firms’ Innovation Performance," Managing Global Transitions, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper, vol. 6(3), pages 277-299.
  6. Peter Nielsen & Bengt-Åke Lundvall, 2003. "Innovation, Learning Organizations and Industrial Relations," DRUID Working Papers 03-07, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
  7. Vega-Jurado, Jaider & Gutiérrez-Gracia, Antonio & Fernández-de-Lucio, Ignacio & Manjarrés-Henri­quez, Liney, 2008. "The effect of external and internal factors on firms' product innovation," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(4), pages 616-632, May.

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