Phenomenological turbulence and innovation in knowledge systems

Hearn, Gregory N., Rooney, David J., & Mandeville, Thomas (2003) Phenomenological turbulence and innovation in knowledge systems. Prometheus, 21(2), pp. 231-246.

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Most considerations of knowledge management focus on corporations and, until recently, considered knowledge to be objective, stable, and asocial. In this paper we wish to move the focus away from corporations, and examine knowledge and national innovation systems. We argue that the knowledge systems in which innovation takes place are phenomenologically turbulent, a state not made explicit in the change, innovation and socioeconomic studies of knowledge literature, and that this omission poses a serious limitation to the successful analysis of innovation and knowledge systems. To address this lack we suggest that three evolutionary processes must be considered: self-referencing, self-transformation and self-organisation. These processes, acting simultaneously, enable system cohesion, radical innovation and adaptation. More specifically, we argue that in knowledge-based economies the high levels of phenomenological turbulence drives these processes. Finally, we spell out important policy principles that derive from these processes.

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ID Code: 9229
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: complexity theory, knowledge management, knowledge systems, public policy, self, organisation, self, referencing, self, transformation
DOI: 10.1080/08109020308127
ISSN: 1470-1030
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Prometheus 21(2):pp. 231-246.
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:03

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