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

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  • Jan Fagerberg

    (Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo)

  • Jarle Hildrum

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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, to a large extent, constrained in space.

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Paper provided by Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo in its series Working Papers with number 13.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2002
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Handle: RePEc:tik:wpaper:13

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  1. Milberg, William, 2004. "The changing structure of international trade linked to global production systems : what are the policy implications?," ILO Working Papers 370120, International Labour Organization.

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