Policies, Plans and Metrics
Edited by Tan Yigitcanlar, Kostas Metaxiotis and Francisco Javier Carrillo
Chapter 9: Formulating: An Integrated Strategy for the Development of Knowledge Cities
Kostas Metaxiotis and Kostas Ergazakis INTRODUCTION The Knowledge City concept has been substantially developed during the last years, thanks to the research work accomplished by many researchers and practitioners in the field of knowledge-based development (KBD). This research offers invaluable insights, views, concept definitions, frameworks, methodologies for developing Knowledge Cities (KC), capital systems, taxonomies, assessment techniques and so on, all related to the theme of KC. On the other side, many cities around the world are developing as KC and their approaches also constitute valuable sources of information and knowledge in relation to the theme of KC. Though still a rather young field of research, the KC concept has been well developed. However, as this mainly regards our theoretical understanding, the concept still needs development in terms of practicability (Henn et al., 2009). Many international economic organizations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank (WB), European Commission (EC) and Asia-Pacific Co-operation (APEC) have provided some practical directions to build the knowledge economy in developed and developing countries (World Bank, 1999; OECD, 2001; APEC, 2000; European Commission, 2000). However, no viable framework to develop integrated KC development strategies exists (Dang and Umemoto, 2009). The concept of KC is particularly broad and refers to many aspects of everyday life in a city. In this respect, the term ‘integrated KC strategy’, refers to a strategy that: is knowledge-based; takes into account the wide nature and the variety of issues related to the KC concept; and tries to incorporate...
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