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Competitiveness, the Knowledge-Based Economy and Higher Education

Sum, Ngai-Ling and Jessop, Bob (2013) Competitiveness, the Knowledge-Based Economy and Higher Education. Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 4 (1). pp. 24-44.

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Abstract

This article explores the appeal of the economic narratives of globalisation, competitiveness, and the knowledge-based economy and the impact of the economic and extra-economic tendencies that they both construe and help to construct with special reference to higher education. The argument develops in five steps: First, it analyses the socially constructed nature of competitiveness, exemplifying this from the influential account of Michael Porter and his Harvard Business School associates; second, it shows how the ‘knowledge-based economy’ (or KBE) concept developed as a scientific paradigm and policy paradigm in the context of the crisis of Fordism and how it has influenced public discourse on educational reform; third, it reviews how Porterian propositions on competitiveness have been translated into a ‘knowledge brand’ that is promoted by academic–guru–consultants and relayed through research centres, policy networks, and advisory services; fourth, it explores how the KBE is being re-contextualised in part in terms of ‘knowledge and higher education clusters’, ‘knowledge hubs’, etc., and their role in competitiveness; and fifth, it notes some implications of these economic imaginaries, governmental technologies, and emergent modes of growth for higher education.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Knowledge Economy
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge-based economy ; Universities ; Cluster Policies ; Triple Heliz ; Competitiveness ; Economic Imaginary ; Cultural Political Economy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 58895
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 05 Oct 2012 09:54
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 09:05
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/58895

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