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Do Global Production Networks and Digital Information Systems Make Knowledge Spatially Fluid?

  • Dieter Ernst

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    (Economics Study Area, East-West Center)

  • Jan Fagerberg

    (Economics, University of Oslo)

  • Jarle Hildrum

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

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 East-West Center, Economics Study Area in its series Economics Study Area Working Papers with number 43.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2002
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Handle: RePEc:ewc:wpaper:wp43
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  1. Ernst Dieter & Ravenhill John, 1999. "Globalization, Convergence, and the Transformation of International Production Networks in Electronics in East Asia," Business and Politics, De Gruyter, vol. 1(1), pages 35-62, December.
  2. Steinmueller, W Edward, 2000. "Will New Information and Communication Technologies Improve the 'Codification' of Knowledge?," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 9(2), pages 361-76, June.
  3. Fagerberg, Jan, 1994. "Technology and International Differences in Growth Rates," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 32(3), pages 1147-75, September.
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