Elgar original reference
Edited by David Rooney, Greg Hearn and Abraham Ninan
The central motivation for assembling the contributions in this Handbook on the Knowledge Economy derives from the observation that many in government and business seem to have taken up the challenge of putting in place whatever is needed for a knowledge-based economy or a knowledge-based organization but very few appear to be inclined to explain what knowledge is or how it works socially, organizationally or economically. While there are good reasons for this situation, not knowing what knowledge is or how it works in any detail is problematic for those who are charged with managing or facilitating it. Policymakers would not consider constructing monetary policy without the input of some detailed knowledge of economics. Managers would not implement an information system without detailed input from knowledgeable information systems experts. Similarly, good knowledge of knowledge should be seen as essential for knowledge management and knowledge-related policy. When considering the work of knowledge managers and knowledge policymakers, any ignorance about knowledge, apart from being ironic, means that the analytical and conceptual frameworks being developed and applied by them to guide strategy, policy and tactics at macro- and micro-social and economic levels are in danger of being invalid and unreliable. If this is the case much of the effort to promote knowledge is at best incomplete and at worst counterproductive. This can hardly be considered a good situation. In this light, it is interesting to note that very little is said in knowledge management or knowledge-related policy about some issues that would seem,...