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Architectures of KnowledgeFirms, Capabilities, and Communities$
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Ash Amin and Patrick Cohendet

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253326.001.0001

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Public Policy Implications

Public Policy Implications

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(p.138) 7 Public Policy Implications
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Architectures of Knowledge
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Ash Amin

Patrick Cohendet

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253326.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the inadequacies of traditional public policy principles and tools in grasping the challenges of knowledge formation in communities. It explores how national science and technology policies might respond to the idea of learning as a distributed, non-cognitive, practice-based phenomenon, recognizing that distributed organizational networks are both learning and governance environments in their own right. The chapter begins by reconceptualizing the role of classical instruments of public policy intervention, by focusing on the example of patents as a means of supporting the production of knowledge in expert communities. It then discusses the policy implications of focusing on the architecture of interactions between expert communities and lay communities, a key aspect of knowledge formation in the contemporary economy of complex and distributed knowledge.

Keywords:   knowledge formation, learning, science and technology policies, public policy, patents, communities

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