Doing Business in the Knowledge-Based Economy

Facts and Policy Challenges

  • Louis A. Lefebvre
  • Élisabeth Lefebvre
  • Pierre Mohnen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Trends and Forces Shaping the New Reality

    1. Surendra Gera, Clifton Lee-Sing, Keith Newton
      Pages 1-48
    2. Randall Morck, Bernard Yeung
      Pages 49-80
    3. Louis A. Lefebvre, Élisabeth Lefebvre, Pierre Mohnen
      Pages 81-115
  3. Restructuring and Reorganizing in a Knowledge-based Economy

  4. Key Governance Issues in the Knowledge-based Economy

    1. Patrick Cohendet, Dominique Foray, Dominique Guellec, Jacques Mairesse
      Pages 329-348
    2. Marcel Boyer, Jacques Robert, Hugues Santerre
      Pages 391-424
    3. Randall Morck, Bernard Yeung
      Pages 425-467
  5. Summing-up: What have we Learned?

    1. Élisabeth Lefebvre, Louis A. Lefebvre, Pierre Mohnen
      Pages 469-484
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 485-494

About this book


On September 17 and 18, 1998, a conference took place at Mont Tremblant on the theme "Doing Business in a Knowledge-Based Economy." This conference brought together some hundred participants from government, business and academia, with backgrounds in business administration, engineering, public administration and economics, to provide a multidisciplinary analysis of what has come to be known as the "Knowledge-Based Economy" (KBE). The aim was to come up with suggestions and recommendations about how to do business in a knowledge­ based economy, both at the firm level and at the government level. All presenters were explicitly asked to conclude with policy recommendations. The conference was sponsored by Industry Canada and organized by the Centre of Interuniversity Research on the Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO). The conference papers offered U.S., Canadian and European perspectives on the management of a knowledge-based economy. This volume is divided into three parts. The papers in part I set the stage by describing the salient features of the KBE. What is so special about it? What are its economic underpinnings? What are its technological characteristics? Knowledge plays a crucial role in a KBE, hence its name. Whereas, in the past, growth was determined primarily by the availability of land, natural resources, labour and capital successively, at the end of the twentieth century, knowledge has become a (if not the) major factor of economic growth.


Economic Development Governance Policy Public Management economic growth economic policy economy growth

Editors and affiliations

  • Louis A. Lefebvre
    • 1
  • Élisabeth Lefebvre
    • 1
  • Pierre Mohnen
    • 2
  1. 1.École Polytechnique de Montréal & CIRANOMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Université du Québec à Montréal & CIRANOMontréalCanada

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