Network building among academia, firms and
government, aiming at mobilising scientific and technological
knowledge to meet solutions to specific problems of the productive
and social sectors, is a subject that deserves analytical and
theoretical attention particularly in the South.
The study of collaborations among academia, firms and government
reveals a complex set of relationships that are proper of an interactive
model of knowledge production. The creation of knowledge networks
has been stimulated by learning process among actors and a set
of policy mechanisms applied at the regional and local levels,
that are favouring the development and transmission of scientific
and technological knowledge.
This session aims at discussing the impact that the new forms
of generation of knowledge, the different ways of disseminating
it among actors and the forms of appropriation of that resource
are having upon the capitalisation of knowledge.
In this sub-track the discussion will be centred upon the formation
of “knowledge based social capital” and the effects
of this form of capitalisation of knowledge upon development purposes,
particularly in developing countries. The main question to be
addressed is if this “knowledge based social capital”
could lead to development purposes?