nep-knm New Economics Papers
on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Economy
Issue of 2021‒07‒19
four papers chosen by
Laura Ştefănescu
Centrul European de Studii Manageriale în Administrarea Afacerilor

  1. The Knowledge Mobility of Renewable Energy Technology By P. G. J. Persoon; R. N. A. Bekkers; F. Alkemade
  2. Comparing Intellectual property policy in the Global North and South -- A one-size-fits-all policy for economic prosperity? By Madhumitha Raghuraman; Malavika Ranjan; S Sidhartha Narayan
  3. La gestion des connaissances et la performance organisationnelle: cas de l’université Abdelmalek Essaadi By Yassine Boussenna
  4. Limited Self-knowledge and Survey Response Behavior By Armin Falk; Thomas Neuber; Philipp Strack

  1. By: P. G. J. Persoon; R. N. A. Bekkers; F. Alkemade
    Abstract: In the race to achieve climate goals, many governments and organizations are encouraging the regional development of Renewable Energy Technology (RET). The spatial dynamics and successful regional development of a technology partly depends on the characteristics of the knowledge base on which this technology builds, in particular the analyticity and cumulativeness of knowledge. In this study we systematically evaluate these knowledge base characteristics for a set of 13 different RETs. We find that, while several RETs (photovoltaics, fuel-cells, energy storage) have a highly analytic knowledge base and develop more widespread, there are also important RETs (wind turbines, solar thermal, geothermal and hydro energy) for which the knowledge base is less analytic and which develop less widespread. Likewise, the technological cumulativeness tends to be lower for the former than for the latter group. This calls for regional policies to be specific for different RETs, taking for a given RET into account both the type of knowledge it builds on as well as the local presence of this knowledge.
    Date: 2021–06
  2. By: Madhumitha Raghuraman; Malavika Ranjan; S Sidhartha Narayan
    Abstract: This paper attempts to analyse policymaking in the field of Intellectual Property (IP) as an instrument of economic growth across the Global North and South. It begins by studying the links between economic growth and IP, followed by an understanding of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) development in the US, a leading proponent of robust IPR protection internationally. The next section compares the IPR in the Global North and South and undertakes an analysis of the diverse factors that result in these differences. The paper uses the case study of the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry to understand how IPR may differentially affect economies and conclude that there may not yet be a one size fits all policy for the adoption of Intellectual Property Rights.
    Date: 2021–07
  3. By: Yassine Boussenna (UAE, ENCG Tanger -Groupe de recherche "Management & Systèmes d'information"-)
    Abstract: L'énorme quantité d'informations dans notre vie quotidienne et le travail continu pour les organiser et les exploiter de la meilleure façon possible ont conduit à l'émergence de la gestion des connaissances. D'un autre côté, le terme « performance » a fait couler beaucoup d'encre. Il s'agit d'un vocabulaire largement utilisé dans le domaine du management. La quête de la performance était l'objectif ultime de toutes les organisations. Par ailleurs, il est démontré depuis longtemps qu'une meilleure gestion des connaissances impacte positivement la performance organisationnelle. Cependant, la manière de réalisation de ce processus n'est pas encore bien claire en milieu universitaire et en particulier dans les pays en voie de développement comme le Maroc. Cet article a pour objectif principal de répondre à cette problématique à travers un recensement des points de vue des enseignants-chercheurs de l'Université Abdelmalek Essaadi à travers une démarche de raisonnement de type hypothético-déductive et une méthode de travail quantitative. Notre questionnaire a été administré auprès d'un échantillon représentatif de 88 enseignants-chercheurs des différents établissements de l'université étudiée. Les résultats obtenus montrent une forte corrélation entre la gestion des connaissances et la performance organisationnelle et un faible degré d'application du processus de knowledge management (création-stockage-partage-application) à l'université en question.
    Date: 2020–11–20
  4. By: Armin Falk (briq and the University of Bonn); Thomas Neuber (University of Bonn); Philipp Strack (Yale University)
    Abstract: We study response behavior in surveys and show how the explanatory power of self-reports can be improved. First, we develop a choice model of survey response behavior under the assumption that the respondent has imperfect self-knowledge about her individual characteristics. In panel data, the model predicts that the variance in responses for different characteristics increases in self-knowledge and that the variance for a given characteristic over time is non-monotonic in self-knowledge. Importantly, the ratio of these variances identifies an individual's level of self-knowledge, i.e. the latter can be inferred from observed response patterns. Second, we develop a consistent and unbiased estimator for self-knowledge based on the model. Third, we run an experiment to test the model's main predictions in a context where the researcher knows the true underlying characteristics. The data confirm the model's predictions as well as the estimator's validity. Finally, we turn to a large panel data set, estimate individual levels of self-knowledge, and show that accounting for differences in self-knowledge significantly increases the explanatory power of regression models. Using a median split in self-knowledge and regressing risky behaviors on self-reported risk attitudes, we find that the R2 can be multiple times larger for above- than below-median subjects. Similarly, gender differences in risk attitudes are considerably larger when restricting samples to subjects with high self-knowledge. These examples illustrate how using the estimator may improve inference from survey data.
    Keywords: survey research, rational inattention, laboratory experiments, non-cognitive skills, preferences
    JEL: C83 D91 J24
    Date: 2021–07

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