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Re-thinking knowledge production: a literature review and a research agenda

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  • Laurens K. Hessels

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  • Harro van Lente

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    This paper offers a systematic reflection on the Gibbons-Nowotny notion of ‘Mode 2 knowledge production’. We review its reception in scientific literature and compare it with 8 alternative diagnoses of changing science systems. The ‘Mode 2’ diagnosis identifies a number of important trends that require further empirical effort, but it suffers from severe conceptual problems. It is time to untie its five major constitutive claims and investigate each separately.

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    Paper provided by Utrecht University, Department of Innovation Studies in its series Innovation Studies Utrecht (ISU) working paper series with number 08-03.

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    Date of creation: Feb 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:uis:wpaper:0803

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