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Knowledge CapitalismBusiness, Work, and Learning in the New Economy$
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Alan Burton-Jones

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296225

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296225.001.0001

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Beyond Employment: Towards a Model of Knowledge Supply

Beyond Employment: Towards a Model of Knowledge Supply

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(p.46) Chapter 3 Beyond Employment: Towards a Model of Knowledge Supply
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Knowledge Capitalism
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Alan Burton-Jones

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296225.003.0003

Because of the advent of this knowledge economy, there have been empirical evidences that suggest that there are also corresponding changes to the character of employment. Despite the trend veering away from full-time employment, opportunities for employment are said to be improving. Although the OECD has reported that there is a 7% decline in unemployment, a shift is occurring towards non-standard work arrangements. With this, a large portion of the workforce is working under these arrangements. This chapter attempts to explain how the shift away from traditional employment practices can be attributed to changing workforce demographics, globalization, technological change, and the need from firms for ‘flexible employment’ resulting from the growing economic value of knowledge.

Keywords:   knowledge economy, employment, non-standard employment arrangements, workforce, globalization, demographics, flexible employment, technological change, economic value of knowledge

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