Exploring the Knowledge Economy/Society
The paper will explore the debate that has emerged both globally and within Aotearoa/New Zealand about what constitutes the knowledge economy/society. The examination with address how it has been theorised, defined and measured drawing upon both economic and sociological writing. The confused nature of the idea of the knowledge society and economy is revealed through a review of the literature and of public debate within New Zealand with respect to the economic and social transformation of the economy to increase global competitiveness and create a new sector to spur our growth. The paper will be structured in five sections. The first will examine the rise of the Knowledge Society/Knowledge Economy debate. The second will examine the growth of the idea of KBE/KS with respect to Aoteraoa/New Zealand. The third will consider the issues around definition and measurement and the final section will focus on the methodology, which will include will include the application of quantitative and qualitative analysis, structural modelling, and simulation based approaches we consider that these strategies will enable us to gain a clearer understanding of how the emergence of this new component of the economy and society creates new forms of inclusion and exclusion. The final section will examine some of the emerging policy question and issues that we have identified to date.