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For the last two hundred years, neo-classical economics has recognised only two factors of production: labour and capital. This is now changing. Information and knowledge are replacing capital and energy as the primary wealth-creating assets, just as the latter two replaced land and labor 200 years ago. In addition, technological developments in the 20th century have transformed the majority of wealth-creating work from physically-based to "knowledge-based.". Technology and knowledge are now the key factors of production. With increased mobility of information and the global work force, knowledge and expertise can be transported instantaneously around the world, and any advantage gained by one company can be eliminated by competitive improvements overnight. The only comparative advantage a company will enjoy will be its process of innovation--combining market and technology know-how with the creative talents of knowledge workers to solve a constant stream of competitive problems--and its ability to derive value from information. We are now an information society in a knowledge economy where knowledge management is essential. This page lists and rates Internet resources related to the field of knowledge based economy and knowledge management in the new information society.

FrançaisLast updated February 7th 2012

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Knowledge for Development Program
The Knowledge for Development (K4D) Program helps build the capacity of client countries to access and use knowledge to strengthen their competitiveness in the global economy and increase their social well-being. It works with client countries to design and develop realistic and achievable strategies to further their transition to the knowledge economy. Excellent and very rich site. Do not miss the knowledge economy assessments by country and the section on publications.

The Information Economy
A meta-index compiled by Hal R. Varian from the University of California at Berkeley. It covers the economics of the Internet, information goods, intellectual property and related issues such as networks economics. It is also on of the earliest sites on those issues (1994). Excellent and very useful site.

State New Economy Index
The purpose of the State New Economy Index is to track the transformation of the U.S. economy along four main lines: the industrial and occupational mix, globalization, entrepreneurial dynamism and competition, and the IT revolution. It also examines its impact on working americans and looks at the foundation for future growth. An excellent set of reports which shows how the states are doing in their efforts to be competitive in the global, entrepreneurial, innovation- and knowledge-based New Economy.

Sveiby Knowledge Management
An excellent and extremely rich site by one of the pionneers in the field of knowledge management. The focus on unlearning is fascinating. So is the section on invisible balance sheet and the concept of intangible assets. Give yourself enough time to fully explore the articles section of the site. Do not miss the «Keep All Alive» paper.

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KM Knowledge
This site from David Skyrme Associates aims to provide insights into the emerging global networked economy, where intangible assets, such as information and knowledge, will determine future competitiveness. Excellent site which provides the equivalent of a very useful Knowledge Management 101 Guide.

New Zealand Knowledge Economy Report
The Department of Labour have completed two reports on the New Zealand knowledge economy: «A Review of International Methodologies for Measuring the Knowledge Economy and Preliminary Findings for New Zealand (2007)» and «A Refined Methodology and Further Findings on the Structure and Growth of the Knowledge Economy (2009)». The reports provide baseline evidence on the performance of the national, local and regional knowledge economies in New Zealand.

WWW Virtual Library on Knowledge Management
This is likely the most widely known and reputed online portal on knowledge management . It provides seemingly endless number of links to relevant and interesting articles or analysis on the subject, to the extent that the amount of available information (and corresponding text) can be perceived as overwhelming. Overall a very good site.

International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development
The International Organisation for Knowledge Economy and Enterprise Development (IKED) is an independent, international non-profit organisation focusing on the emerging issues of the knowledge-based economy, and aiming to link the primary actors forming the knowledge-based economy - government, industry, academia and civil society - by facilitating international networks and policymaking forums, leading projects and forming recommendations to turn policies into action. Very good and Interesting site. Do not miss the publications section which includes several very interesting reports such as «The Changing Impact of Globalisation: the Case of Sweden» or «Competence Development for Growth: International Outlook and Analysis».

Do not miss the opportunity to explore the other sections of ENTERWeb by clicking on the Menu on the left. You will then be able to visit the most popular sections such as Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics, Knowledge Economy, Globalization, Women and also the new sections on Social Media and Culture and Business.
Knowledge Economy Indicators
In the context of the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Commission the project KEI (Knowledge Economy Indicators: Development of Innovative and Reliable Indicator Systems) aimed to develop and improve indicators for the knowledge economy, including the analysis of aggregation issues and the use of composite indicators. The project covers indicators from 30 European countries and six non-European countries (the US, Japan, India, China, Australia and Canada). The site includes the materials of the 5 workshops (including notes and presentations) and also the final 2008 report.

The Emerging Digital Economy Report
The Emerging Digital Economy report represents an initial step by the Clinton Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce to better understand the effect of electronic commerce on the economy. The report presents both economic analysis and case studies that paint a picture of the importance of electronic commerce and information technologies to the economy as a whole and to individual sectors of the economy.

Building Britain's Knowledge Driven Economy
The Government’s White Paper sets out the role IT and business need to play in improving the UK’s competitiveness, and argues that knowledge, skills and creativity are the distinctive assets of a knowledge driven economy necessary to give the UK a competitive edge. Very interesting site. Do not miss the various papers in particular "the economics of a knowledge driven economy"

Knowledge for Development
The 1998/99 World Development Report, published by the World Bank, examines the role of knowledge in advancing economic and social well-being. Because knowledge is at the heart of economic growth and sustainable development, understanding how people and societies acquire and use it is essential to improving people's lives, especially the lives of the poor. A critical report for understanding the global implications of the knowledge economy.

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A Primer on the Knowledge Economy
This primer, prepared by Professors John Houghton and Peter Sheehan of Victoria University's Centre for Strategic Economic Research (CSES), is intended as a brief guide to the Knowledge Economy for people in business and government who need a succinct summary of its major features and implications. By focusing on the two main forces who shape the new economy, namely the rise in knowledge intensity of economic activities and the increasing globalisation of economic affairs, the authors identify the main characteristics of such an economy. Very interesting report.

OECD Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy
The general objectives of this 2002 forum were to stress the importance of a comprehensive policy framework that integrates ICTs, innovation, and human resources as drivers of growth, and share experiences on the development and future directions of policy frameworks for the knowledge-based economy. The site includes the various papers and presentations as well as the summary report of the global forum.

Education for the Knowledge Economy
Education for the Knowledge Economy (EKE) represents one of two central thrusts of the World Bank's support for education in helping countries achieve economic growth and poverty reduction (the other being attainment of Education for All). Such support recognizes that in today's fast-changing, information-driven world, nations' comparative advantage depends heavily on their ability to use and generate knowledge. Very interesting site. Do not miss the two reports: constructing knowledge societies and lifelong learning in the global knowledge economy.

KnowledgeBoard
KnowledgeBoard is a Knowledge Management portal (KM) originally funded by the European Commission under the Information Society Technologies Programme (IST) and now run as a self-moderating global community with over 25,000 KM professionals throughout Europe and the world. Interesting site which depends on the dynamism of its members to make it sustainable in the long term. Interesting list of recommended journals.

Creative Knowledge Economy Project
The Creative Knowledge Economy Project is a grassroots initiative of Communities of the Future (COTF) , an evolving network of people and organizations throughout the U.S. and other countries that are working in collaboration to develop new concepts of governance, economic development, and education/learning for a fast-paced, interconnected, and increasingly complex society. Interesting site which combines the concepts of community development and knowledge economy.

The Global Knowledge Partnership
The Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) is an informal partnership of public, private and not-for-profit organizations committed to sharing information, experiences and resources to promote broad access to, and effective use of, knowledge and information as tools of sustainable, equitable development. Interesting site.

Policy Frameworks for the Knowledge Economy
This OECD paper discusses the importance of a comprehensive policy framework that integrates information and communications technologies, innovation and human resources as the drivers of growth; future directions of policy frameworks for the knowledge economy; and integrated approaches that link policy development to broad economic and social goals. Interesting paper which raises more questions than it provides answers.

The Global Knowledge Economy and its implications for markets
The rules and practices that determined success in the industrial economy of the 20th century need rewriting in an interconnected world where resources such as know-how are more critical than other economic resources. This briefing highlights recent thinking and developments and offers guidance on developing appropriate organizational strategies to succeed into the new millennium.

The E-conomy Project
The E-conomy™ Project, from the University of California, focuses on how digital networks and e-commerce are changing the organization of industrial and economic activity, the ultimate objective being to conceive new business models, more effective corporate strategies, and informed policies. Very interesting although limited at this stage. Do not miss the working papers, particularly the one on the "implications of e-commerce" which discusses several different areas in which the Internet will significantly impact the current organization of economic activity.

Canada Research Chair on the knowledge economy
The Canada Research Chair on the socio-organizational challenges of the knowledge economy has the objective to re-examine the various theories of firm, in particular the evolutionary theory, according to which, knowledge of an organization is above all, the function of individual knowledge of its members, and notably of tacit knowledge (in opposition to codified or clarified knowledge) that possessed by these persons. The Chair wants to try to go beyond this opposition between tacit and explicit knowledge to study the ways of sharing of knowledge among individuals in different working contexts (telework or telecommuting, independent work or self-employed, communities of practice within an organization), but also between individuals and their environment, and among organizations.

Athena Alliance
Athena Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to public education and research on the emerging global information - and knowledge-based economy. Although somewhat limited their website includes very interesting documents in the "ideas" section.

Strategy & Business
This on-line version of a quaterly business magazine "exists to challenge old assumptions and develop new ones" and therefore focuses on issues relevant to the new knowledge economy. The site contains interesting articles and a very good book reviews section. Do not miss " The Hunter-Gatherers of the Knowledge Economy" (third quarter 1999).

Encyclopedia of the New Economy
"When we talk about the new economy, we're talking about a world in which people work with their brains instead of their hands. A world in which communications technology creates global competition A world in which innovation is more important than mass production. A world in which investment buys new concepts or the means to create them, rather than new machines. A world in which rapid change is a constant. A world so different its emergence can only be described as a revolution." From Wired's magazine Encyclopedia of the New Economy. Quite interesting, and as could be expected, thought provoking.

Information Society Website of the European Commission
The objectives of the Information Society Activity Centre (ISAC) are to develop, implement and export an European approach to the information society and to mainstream the information society into all the other policies of the European Union, contributing to fully exploit its potential impact and benefits. Interesting site

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