Knowledge Capitalism: Business, Work, and Learning in the New Economy

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Knowledge Capitalism probes the surface of contemporary economic and social change, revealing how the shift to a knowledge-based economy is redefining firms, empowering individuals, and reshaping the links between learning and work.. "Using economic, management, and knowledge-based theories, supported by empirical data and illustrations from leading companies, Knowledge Capitalism describes the emergence of a new breed of capitalist: one dependent on knowledge rather than physical resources. The author argues that industrial-era models of firm-market boundaries, work arrangements, and ownership and control are inhibiting firms' and individuals' success in the emerging knowledge economy. New models are proposed based on knowledge-centred organizations, knowledge-led growth, and knowledge supply as distinct from labour supply or flexible employment. With this book he provides a practical tool-set for anybody wanting to interpret and manage change in a rapidly deconstructing economic environment whether you are in business, working, or simply wondering what the future may hold.
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"[In his conclusion] Burton-Jones turns to prescription for postindustrial malaise, calling for an alliance between education and industry....His contribution is to put today's instability into perspective—to explain the forces driving change, chart workplace developments from the perspective of different stakeholders, and propose how people and organizations can be beneficiaries rather than victims."—Sloan Management Review

"Knowledge Capitalism should be required reading for all knowledge managers and every person in business....The concepts are expressed with clarity and the examples are organised and in good context. This is an excellent book that will appeal to the business world as much as to the academic. Burton-Jones is to be congratulated on his deft handling of a considerable amount of complex material, resulting in a very readable volume."—Recruitment Journal

"A winner....It is the best book I have seen for a CEO on the strategy to use, if you want the best from the knowledge that exists in your organization. I recommend it for all planning teams, everywhere."—Bob Buckman, Buckman Laboratories, US

"No stone is left unturned in this sweeping and insightful analysis of the knowledge game in this new economy."—John Seely Brown, Chief Scientist, Xerox Corporation; Director, Xerox PARC

"...offers the business practitioner an excellent balance between analysis and prescription."—Hirotaka Takeuchi, co-author, The Knowledge-Creating Company

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198296225
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Burton-Jones, formerly business development director of leading multi-national, British Oxygen's computer services subsidiary based in London, now heads an international IT and management consultancy practice headquartered in Australia. A frequent speaker at technical and business conferences, he has extensive contacts within the academic and business spheres in the USA, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Part 1: The Knowledge Revolution
1. The Rise of Knowledge Capital
2. Knowledge, the Firm, and the Market
3. Beyond Employment: Towards a Model of Knowledge Supply
Part 2: Navigating Knowledge Markets
4. From Jobs to Careers
5. Mediators of Knowledge Supply
6. Dependent Entrepreneurs
7. Independent Entrepreneurs and Business Networks
Part 3: The Knowledge-Based Firm
8. Redefining the Firm
9. The Rewards for Knowledge
Part 4: The Knowledge Escalator
10. The Learning Imperative
11. The Transition to Knowledge Capitalism

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