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Knowledge Creation

A Triple Helix 5 Workshop proposed by:

Sven Hemlin,Göteborg University
email: Sven.Hemlin@salgrenska.gu.se

Carl Martin Allwood, Dept. of Psychology, Lund University

Ben R Martin, SPRU, University of Sussex

This workshop aims to analyse the creation of knowledge in a number of different contexts. First of all, knowledge creation can be considered from an organizational point of view. It may be organized in smaller or larger business companies, in public organizations or in other less easily categorized organisational settings. Furthermore, the creation of knowledge certainly involves an emphasis on new knowledge, but it could also encompass the utilization of existing knowledge in new ways. Knowledge creation can also be viewed as an activity, which may be classified as research and development, but could also include innovative activities that are normally not called R&D.

Drawing on our recent book, we believe that a creative knowledge environment (CKE) is crucial for knowledge creation. We define CKEs as:

“those environments, contexts and surroundings, the characteristics of which are such that they exert a positive influence on human beings engaged in creative work aiming to produce new knowledge or innovations, whether they work individually or in teams, within a single organisation or in collaboration with others”. (Hemlin, Allwood, and Martin, 2004, p. 1).

Clearly, creativity is important in knowledge creation. Creativity can be viewed individually (e.g. as a personal characteristic), as a group characteristic (e.g. group climate and performance), or as an organizational asset (e.g. organizational culture). In this workshop, we would like to bring together papers that emphasize the management, leadership and organizational structures, and other characteristics and processes that lead to and support knowledge creation. At the same time, it is equally important for our workshop to reveal and understand those features and processes that tend to hinder knowledge creation.

An environment for knowledge creation, in the broad sense we assume here, encompasses both social and cognitive perspectives. This means that such aspects as the institutional, social (including psychological), cultural and economic organisation, and the management, leadership, decision-making, problem solving, and epistemology could be considered. Furthermore, knowledge creation can be viewed at different levels of organization. A macro-environment might incorporate institutional frameworks, a meso-environment could involve an alliance between firms, and a micro-environment could be a number of collaborating researchers. At all three levels, one could easily imagine interconnections and networks such as in the Triple Helix model.

Papers could be disciplinary (psychology, sociology, management or business administration, anthropology, political science, economics etc), inter-disciplinary or transdisciplinary (science policy, innovation, science and technology studies etc.) in nature.


Hemlin, S., Allwood, C. M. & Martin, B. R. (Eds.) (2004). Creative Knowledge Environments: The influences on creativity in research and innovation. Cheltenham & Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Triple Helix Conference I Amsterdam, 1996 II New York, 1998 III Rio de Janeiro, 2000 IV Copenhagen, 2002 V Turin, 2005 VI Singapore, 2007 VII Glasgow, 2009 VIII Madrid, 2010 IX Stanford, 2011 X Indonesia, 2012 XI London, 2013
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