Elgar original reference
Edited by David Rooney, Greg Hearn and Tim Kastelle
The original Handbook on the Knowledge Economy was published in 2005 and one of our motivations for putting it together was to increase knowledge about knowledge and to present what is known about knowledge in an accessible form for researchers, policy professionals, managers and students. The evidence suggests this approach met with some success. Sales of the original Handbook have been healthy and the book and individual chapters in it have been widely cited in scholarly journals, professional journals, books, theses and dissertations, as well as in various government and industry publications in many countries. Like its predecessor, this volume attempts to maintain a similar stance and have a similar impact. The central theoretical organizing principle of the Handbook is that knowledge has no practical meaning in the absence of people and life. This second volume therefore maintains the focus on people and social concerns that was central to its predecessor. The reason for this is both theoretical and instrumental. The theoretical reason is because contemporary research has clearly shown that human social behaviours are fundamental drivers of knowledge systems. The practical reason is that because people and social factors are central to knowledge systems, there is no choice but for knowledge research, knowledge management and knowledge policy production to understand and work with these fundamentals if they are to achieve positive outcomes. Knowledge enacted in life always has some political dimension to it. In some uses it is big ‘P’ Politics and in other uses is it small ‘p’...