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The Formation of Bioinformatic Knowledge Markets - An « Economies of Knowledge » Approach


  • Andrew Mcmeekin
  • Mark Harvey


[eng] The paper explores how the emergence of bioinformatics has disrupted existing forms of economic organisation and the boundaries between market and non-market activities. New combinations of capabilities have emerged at the interface of biology, computer science and mathematics leading to the development of distinctive kinds of bioinformatic knowledge. The ways that bioinformatics spans public and private sectors, raise questions about what is tradable and not tradable, and the flows of knowledge and resources between sectors provide further evidence of the multiple character of economic processes. We develop an "economies of knowledge" framework to analyse the tensions and economic challenges presented by these complex interactions involved in the formation of bioinformatic knowledge markets. [fre] Le papier examine comment l'émergence de la bioinformatique a fait éclater les formes existantes d'organisation économique et les frontières entre les activités marché et hors marché. De nouvelles combinaisons de compétences ont émergé à l'interface de la biologie, l'informatique et les mathématiques, conduisant au développement de types différenciés de connaissances bio-informatiques. La manière dont la bioinformatique recouvre les secteurs public et privé soulève des questions concernant ce qui est échangeable et ce qui ne l'est pas, et les flux de connaissances et de ressources entres les secteurs mettent en lumière la diversité des processus économiques. Nous développons une approche en termes d'économie de la connaissance pour analyser les tensions et défis économiques qu'impliquent ces interactions complexes dans la formation des marchés des connaissances bioinformatiques.

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  • Andrew Mcmeekin & Mark Harvey, 2002. "The Formation of Bioinformatic Knowledge Markets - An « Economies of Knowledge » Approach," Revue d'Économie Industrielle, Programme National Persée, vol. 101(1), pages 47-64.
  • Handle: RePEc:prs:recind:rei_0154-3229_2002_num_101_1_1810
    Note: DOI:10.3406/rei.2002.1810

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