Forschungs- & Entwicklungsinformationsdienst der Gemeinschaft - CORDIS

Technology and infrastructures policy in the knowledge-based economy - Empirical studies on the general codification trends in Europe

In order to test the theoretical hypotheses developed by the project, the TIPIK teams carried out a series of 13 empirical case studies. The case studies examine different forms of codification of knowledge. They emphasise various perspectives of the process of codification, from research activities in high tech industries to the writing of basic ISO procedures in traditional SMEs. They relied on different methods (postal survey, semi-structured interviews, reinterpretation of existing data, etc..).

For all these reasons, the results from the case studies cannot be considered as comprehensive or representative. However, despite the variety of situations and perspectives, the case studies revealed a common main conclusion. What appears as particularly remarkable is that the focus on codification of knowledge is not limited to the research area and high-tech industry. In all social activities, whether in the production, mediation or use of knowledge, the process of codification of knowledge is becoming one of the main drivers of evolution. An in-depth understanding of the incentives to codify, of the nature and form of the codification process, are thus becoming essential for analysing the process of innovation and growth of the economy. The different perspectives enlightened by the case studies are the following.

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