nep-knm New Economics Papers
on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Economy
Issue of 2021‒04‒26
two papers chosen by
Laura Ştefănescu
Centrul European de Studii Manageriale în Administrarea Afacerilor

  1. Digital technologies and education for the environment and sustainable development: The case of French associations By Cédric Gossart
  2. The Effects of Mobile Phone Technology, Knowledge Creation and Diffusion on Inclusive Human Development in Sub-Saharan Africa By Asongu, Simplice

  1. By: Cédric Gossart (LITEM - Laboratoire en Innovation, Technologies, Economie et Management (EA 7363) - Université Paris-Saclay - IMT-BS - Institut Mines-Télécom Business School - UEVE - Université d'Évry-Val-d'Essonne)
    Abstract: This project proposes an action research (Bradbury 2015) to identify the digital practices of French associations of education for the environment and sustainable development (EESD). Digital technology can be a powerful educational tool, but what about raising awareness of the major challenges facing humanity? Uncovering these practices involves identifying their three components: the technologies used (materials), the skills required to do so, and the symbolic representations associated with digital technologies by French EESD associations (the meaning given to it by their users). EESD associations often lack resources to carry out their missions, and digital technologies can be a crucial lever to enable them to succeed, especially since the vast majority of actors in France are relatively well equipped with digital technologies. While some studies have provided a quick overview of the use of digital technologies by French associations (Eynaud 2010), it is not the case for EESD associations. Moreover, the concept of practices that we propose to use has never been mobilised to do so. After a presentation of the conceptual framework and methodology, this report presents the results of the project, starting with a description of digital technologies used in the day-to-day management of these associations. It then presents the different digital practices mobilised in their EESD actions.
    Abstract: Ce projet propose une recherche-action (Bradbury 2015) vise à identifier les pratiques numériques des associations françaises d'éducation à l'environnement et au développement durable (EEDD). Le numérique peut être un puissant levier éducatif, mais qu'en est-il en matière de sensibilisation aux grand défis de l'humanité ? Mettre à jour ces pratiques implique d'identifier leurs trois composantes : les technologies utilisées (matériels), les compétences nécessaires pour ce faire, et les représentations symboliques associées au numérique par les associations françaises d'EEDD (le sens qu'y placent leurs usagers). Les associations d'EEDD manquent souvent de ressources pour mener à bien leurs missions, et le numérique peut être un levier crucial pour leur permettre de les réussir, cela d'autant plus qu'en France l'immense majorité des acteurs est relativement bien équipé en technologies numériques. Si certaines études font un rapide état des lieux de l'usage du numérique par les associations françaises (Eynaud 2010), ça n'est pas le cas pour les associations d'EEDD. En outre, le concept de pratiques que nous proposons d'utiliser n'a jamais été mobilisé pour le faire. Après une présentation du cadre conceptuel et de la méthodologie, ce rapport présente les résultats du projet, en commençant par une description des technologies numériques utilisées pour la gestion quotidienne des associations. Il présente ensuite les différentes pratiques numériques mobilisées dans les actions d'EEDD.
    Keywords: associations,education for the environment and sustainable development,digital technologies,practices,numérique,éducation à l'environnement et au développement durable,pratiques
    Date: 2021–03–02
  2. By: Asongu, Simplice
    Abstract: This paper examines the joint effects of mobile phone technology, knowledge creation and diffusion on inclusive human development in 49 sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. The empirical evidence is based on Tobit regressions for the period 2000-2012. The net effects of interactions between the mobile phone, knowledge creation and diffusion variables are positive indicating that the combined effects of these variables improve inclusive human development in SSA countries. Further analysis dividing the dataset into a number of fundamental characteristics based on economic, legal, religion and political stability associated with African economies show that mobile phone penetration and associated innovation in SSA improve inclusive human development irrespective of the country’s level of income, legal origins, religious orientation and the state of the nation. The pupil-teacher ratio exerts a negative influence on the outcome variable which is favourable for inclusive human development because higher ratios denote lower education quality since more pupils are accommodated by fewer teachers. The study contributes to innovation diffusion theory and economic development literature.
    Keywords: Mobile phones; Innovation, Knowledge diffusion; Inclusive human development; Africa
    JEL: G20 I10 I32 O40 O55
    Date: 2020–01

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