The beginning of the new millennium has witnessed an evolution in the concept of knowledge economy, highlighting the pre-eminence of knowledge as a key resource for economic and social development. In the first decade of the present millennium this concept has further matured, and knowledge-based development (KBD) has emerged as a key discipline in guiding policy makers.
The focus on development worldwide is increasingly converging towards processes of knowledge creation, dissemination and sharing through policy level interventions such as fostering innovation, strengthening educational systems, rapidly building information and communication technologies (ICT) infrastructure and linking these interventions together to provide synergies for development. Frameworks are being developed by global agencies and local governments to promote KBD at country-to-state-to-city-to-village levels.
These developmental frameworks have almost invariably been accompanied by, and in many instances even triggered by sets of metrics which attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of various KBD strategies in their specific contexts. The obvious justification for having KBD metrics is that measurement is a pre-requisite for comparison, for benchmarking and for refining or reorienting development strategies. However, it is widely recognised that developing appropriate metrics for measuring the effectiveness of KM processes is indeed a challenge.
The purpose of this special issue is to further explore any academic, conceptual, methodological or application-based research work being done across the globe with regard to the development and/or the application of KBD metrics at various levels, and to share it with the IJKBD community.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- General tenets of measurement theory and specific aspects of knowledge-based events
- Epistemological considerations for KBD measurement
- Major dimensions of knowledge and development: alternative approaches
- Operationalisation and attributes of knowledge cities and regions
- Building composite indicators
- Case studies related to the application of existing frameworks and lessons learnt
- Comparative KBD studies across regions, countries, states or cities
- Studies reporting on the results of adopting KBD metrics in specific countries/regions and implications thereof in reorienting development strategies
- Cost/benefit decision-making in indicator systems management
- Alternatives to GDP and trends in holistic accounting and forecasting
- The knowledge-happiness measurement connection
Expression of interest: 31 March, 2011
Submission of full paper: 31 July, 2011