Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy (Hardback)
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Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy (Hardback)

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Hardback 289 Pages / Published: 30/12/2008
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This is a major work by three international scholars at the cutting edge of new research that investigates the emerging set of complex relationships between creativity, design, research, higher education and knowledge capitalism. It highlights the role of the creative and expressive arts, of performance, of aesthetics in general, and the significant role of design as an underlying infrastructure for the creative economy. This book tracks the most recent mutation of these serial shifts - from postindustrial economy to the information economy to the digital economy to the knowledge economy to the `creative economy' - to summarize the underlying and essential trends in knowledge capitalism and to investigate post-market notions of open source public space. The book hypothesizes that creative economy might constitute an enlargement of its predecessors that not only democratizes creativity and relativizes intellectual property law, but also emphasizes the social conditions of creative work. It documents how these profound shifts have brought to the forefront forms of knowledge production based on the commons and driven by ideas, not profitability per se; and have given rise to the notion of not just `knowledge management' but the design of `creative institutions' embodying new patterns of work.

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
ISBN: 9781433104251
Number of pages: 289
Weight: 530 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm
Edition: New edition


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"`Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy' is an important work of intellectual synthesis as well as a significantly original contribution to the global conversation about the contemporary economic and social significance of knowledge. The authors address key practical questions of the changing role of knowledge in the so-called post-industrial society. They also critically interrogate the rhetoric of the knowledge economy. This book is a comprehensive overview of the origins of the key debates, and at the same time sets an exciting agenda for future lines of discussion and action." (Bill Cope, Research Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
"This insightful and engaging book addresses questions of pressing significance for educationists in the twenty-first century. Peters, Marginson and Murphy provide a perceptive, well-argued account of economic, political and intellectual changes under global knowledge capitalism. They highlight the importance of creativity, imagination and education in the growth and ongoing development of knowledge societies. In these uncertain times, thoughtful, rigorous analysis of the kind demonstrated in this volume is much needed. `Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy' looks to the future while acknowledging the past. This book makes a valuable contribution to this growing field of research and deserves wide reading." (Peter Roberts, Professor of Education, University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
"This is first-rate social science. Often there is a huge chasm between the prophets of the `new' and the critics who want to puncture holes in their inflated claims, between social theorists spinning new concepts for understanding changes in economy, society and culture and social scientists who want to demonstrate that these zeitgeist-definers lack empirical depth or that their claims apply to only the few. This book cuts through those kinds of limiting debates by showing that the notion of a `global knowledge economy' points to something real but that the term nonetheless requires unpacking and contextualization. Peters, Marginson and Murphy feel equally at home in the analytical world of Austrian economics or the sociology of post-industrialism, the discipline of management or the study of higher education, a discussion of creativity or the Web 2.0 system. They provide a material and institutional context for the ideas surrounding the `global knowledge economy' and identify key carriers of this new social force - the `global knowledge worker', the `academic entrepreneur', the `sojourning student', and other types of `creative cosmopolitans' who inhabit the new economy." (Eduardo de la Fuente, Communications and Media Studies, Monash University)
"Not without irony, `Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy' is a creative, insightful survey and evaluation of the exploding theoretical and applied thinking about the emergence of a knowledge-based global economy and society. The editors and authors plumb the exciting prospects of a knowledge capitalism for ceaseless scientific discovery and technological innovation and for affording millions seemingly limitless opportunities for self-determination. The volume's chapters also brilliantly problematize both the increasingly outdated balkanization of academic agendas and outmoded top-down corporate models that impede rather than foster innovation and creative entrepreneurship. A world where ideas rule and where knowledge is openly and collectively arrived at and universally accessible to everyone at negligible cost challenges the assumption of scarce resources as insurmountable
"`Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy' is an important work of intellectual synthesis as well as a significantly original contribution to the global conversation about the contemporary economic and social significance of knowledge. The authors address key practical questions of the changing role of knowledge in the so-called post-industrial society. They also critically interrogate the rhetoric of the knowledge economy. This book is a comprehensive overview of the origins of the key debates, and at the same time sets an exciting agenda for future lines of discussion and action." (Bill Cope, Research Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
"This insightful and engaging book addresses questions of pressing significance for educationists in the twenty-first century. Peters, Marginson and Murphy provide a perceptive, well-argued account of economic, political and intellectual changes under global knowledge capitalism. They highlight the importance of creativity, imagination and education in the growth and ongoing development of knowledge societies. In these uncertain times, thoughtful, rigorous analysis of the kind demonstrated in this volume is much needed. `Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy' looks to the future while acknowledging the past. This book makes a valuable contribution to this growing field of research and deserves wide reading." (Peter Roberts, Professor of Education, University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
"This is first-rate social science. Often there is a huge chasm between the prophets of the `new' and the critics who want to puncture holes in their inflated claims, between social theorists spinning new concepts for understanding changes in economy, society and culture and social scientists who want to demonstrate that these zeitgeist-definers lack empirical depth or that their claims apply to only the few. This book cuts through those kinds of limiting debates by showing that the notion of a `global knowledge economy' points to something real but that the term nonetheless requires unpacking and contextualization. Peters, Marginson and Murphy feel equally at home in the analytical world of Austrian economics or the sociology of post-industrialism, the discipline of management or the study of higher education, a discussion of creativity or the Web 2.0 system. They provide a material and institutional context for the ideas surrounding the `global knowledge economy' and identify key carriers of this new social force - the `global knowledge worker', the `academic entrepreneur', the `sojourning student', and other types of `creative cosmopolitans' who inhabit the new economy." (Eduardo de la Fuente, Communications and Media Studies, Monash University)
"Not without irony, `Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy' is a creative, insightful survey and evaluation of the exploding theoretical and applied thinking about the emergence of a knowledge-based global economy and society. The editors and authors plumb the exciting prospects of a knowledge capitalism for ceaseless scientific discovery and technological innovation and for affording millions seemingly limitless opportunities for self-determination. The volume's chapters also brilliantly problematize both the increasingly outdated balkanization of academic agendas and outmoded top-down corporate models that impede rather than foster innovation and creative entrepreneurship. A world where ideas rule and where knowledge is openly and collectively arrived at and universally accessible to everyone at negligible cost challenges the assumption of scarce resources as insurmountable constraints on economic

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