Knowledge and Innovation

A Comparative Study of the USA, the UK and Japan

By Helen Brown

© 2007 – Routledge

224 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415541589
pub: 2012-06-14
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About the Book

This new book presents case studies from the US, the UK and Japan. Packed full of vignettes from cases studies and subscribing to a socio-cultural approach rather than the often tacit assumption that knowledge and ‘technology transfer’ is a logistical problem, this excellent volume illuminates the often misunderstood process of knowledge transfer.

Arguing that partnership between public and private sector organizations can take many forms, some of which are very complicated Brown shows that 'partnership' should not be prescribed as a panacea for the delivery of complex policy in education, health and economic regeneration. Instead policy makers need to adopt a much more subtle and sophisticated concept of multi-agency partnership that acknowledges the time and effort needed to build trust and new shared practices.

Taking issue with weak theories of change endemic in some policies and emphasizing the process of knowledge creation and the significance of consequent changes in the dynamics of human relations Brown conceptualizes innovation as collaboration between diverse organizations and individuals, the result of which is organizational learning.

This book will be of great interest to students and researchers interested in policy studies, business and management and education, as well as policy makers engaged with communities of practice theory.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview 2. The Theoretical Lanscape of Knowledge Transfer 3. A Natural History of my Research Methodology 4. Reconstruction Subject Perspectives 5. Horizontal Expansion of the Object by Collaboration of Experts 6. Mediation between Activity Systems of Unequal Agency 7. The Impact of Complexity and Power Dynamics on Organizational Learning 8. Using Evaluation as a Tool for Learning 9. Insights from the Research Findings 10. A Toolkit to Support Organizational Learning 11. Conclusions

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology

This innovative series explores the role of innovation and innovation management and technological advances from an organizational perspective. This series brings together theories from a wide range of individual disciplines and examines both the internal understanding and management and also an external, shareholder perspective. Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology (RIOT!) features cutting -edge research addressing all the major issues in business and management today, helping to define and advance the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development