nep-knm New Economics Papers
on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Economy
Issue of 2022‒01‒17
three papers chosen by
Laura Ştefănescu
Centrul European de Studii Manageriale în Administrarea Afacerilor

  1. How Huawei succeeds in Africa: Training and knowledge transfers in Kenya and Nigeria By Tugendhat, Henry
  2. An Empirical Study on the Relationship of Regional Entrepreneurial Activities and Utilization of Digital Technology in Knowledge-Intensive Business Services (KIBS) By Nobuo Kobayashi; Takeshi Mori
  3. Inadequate Teacher Content Knowledge and What to Do About It: Evidence from El Salvador By Martin Gonzalez-Eiras; Dirk Niepelt

  1. By: Tugendhat, Henry
    Abstract: Dive into some of the keys behind Chinese Huawei's success in Henry Tugendhat's latest working paper. Tugendhat describes how the Chinese giant in the Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) sector is taking Africa, specifically Kenya and Nigeria, by storm. By carefully balancing between training local engineers and keeping control of its intellectual property, Huawei moves forward transferring knowledge to local populations.
    Date: 2020
  2. By: Nobuo Kobayashi (School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University); Takeshi Mori (Nomura Research Institute)
    Abstract: This paper presents an analysis of factors that promote and suppress the regional start-up activities of knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) in Japan, based on the Digital Capability Index (DCI). The results showed that rapid progress in the digitization of public services and local residents f high ICT skills were factors that promoted KIBS start-ups. In addition, the results revealed that the establishment of a high-speed information and communication environment in the region has promoted T-KIBS startups, which utilize the Internet. Regarding factors not included in the DCI, the results showed a positive effect of the concentration of human resources and business establishments in metropolitan areas, which was in line with the findings of previous studies. In contrast, the start-up rates of T-KIBS were high in areas where the ratios of day and night populations were low. This finding suggests that although the main customers of T-KIBS are companies in metropolitan areas, such as Tokyo and Osaka, they locate their offices in the suburbs, where commercial rents are lower than in urban areas.
    Keywords: Knowledge Intensive Business Services (KIBS), Digital Capability Index (DCI), start-up activity
    JEL: L26 L84 L86 R30
    Date: 2022–01
  3. By: Martin Gonzalez-Eiras; Dirk Niepelt
    Abstract: We investigate how politico-economic factors shaped government responses to the spread of COVID-19. Our simple framework uses epidemiological, economic and politico-economic arguments. Confronting the theory with US state level data we find strong evidence for partisanship even when we control for fundamentals including the electorate's political views. Moreover, we detect an important role for the proximity of elections which we interpret as indicative of career concerns. Fi- nally, we find suggestive evidence for complementarities between voluntary activity reductions and government imposed restrictions.
    Keywords: COVID-19, lockdown, politics
    JEL: I18
    Date: 2022–01

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