Vehicularity: The Idea of the Knowledge Economy
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Boosting growth, securing the economic future, the heart of innovation -this is common language in higher education policy discourse now dominant everywhere, not only the UK (see e.g. Kenney and Mowery 2014). Yet from where did such rhetoric and emphasis on economic gains deliverable by academic institutions emerge? Progressives and conservatives alike are preoccupied by the latent and overriding imperative of change.
As part of our long-term plan to help secure Britain’s economic future, I want to see higher education and enterprise work hand in glove to boost growth and create even more jobs. Our world-leading universities have historically been at the heart of innovation but we need to give them the tools to be even better at cultivating the seeds of growth as well as knowledge. (Cameron 2013)
KeywordsKnowledge Production Knowledge Economy Theoretical Knowledge Emphasis Original High Education Policy
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