Knowledge Based Development

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Knowledge Based Development

Creating & Managing Sustainable Organizations (CSMO)

Assignment Brief


You are required to write a short academic paper (max 2000 words) which critically addresses the following topic:

The importance of knowledge-based development (KBD) for sustainable success in a digitised world


 The topic requires you to:

  1. Define the concept of Knowledge Based Development at a macro level
  2. Make a strong argument by linking needs of Knowledge based economies with macro policy and practice
  3. Utilize literature on knowledge cities, and innovation engines to produce a convincing argument
  4. Examine the need for policies and practices at National & regional level to support the growth of Knowledge Cities/Clusters/Regions
  5. Examination of factors likely to encourage sharing and transfer of knowledge as well as the creation of knowledge in regions, cities etc.
  6. Consideration of urban innovation engines.
  7. Starts from the premise that knowledge is the new capital and must be harnessed.
  8. At the heart of this paper should be a recognition of the interconnectedness of life in a digitized world and the implications for governments at national and local levels to embrace and support the concepts.
  9. You should utilize practical examples to illustrate your argument.
  10. Use concepts, theories and empirical research arising from your research and reading of academic material,
  11. We need to have an understanding of business sustainability for this assignment. We need to unpack the phrase “sustainable success in a digital world”.
  12. There appears to be a partial connection between the  Ehrlich equation (I=PAT) and “The Three Pillars of Business/Corporate Sustainability.” It might be useful to use these three pillars to frame your initial thinking about business sustainability

In an Academic Paper the following are important:

  • (1) an abstract, (2) an introduction, (3) a discussion, (4) a conclusion and (5) references.
  • Use concepts, theories and empirical research arising from your research and reading of academic material,
  • Development of an informed academic argument – link theory with the available empirical research.
  • Avoid the use of direct quotations from other writers – you can cite their ideas in your own words. Remember we are assessing your understanding not the work of other authors.
  • Use of the Harvard citation and referencing system

Utilise Reading Lists provided via Moodle and explore any articles documents provided in class or via materials on Moodle for the specific workshops. Knowledge Based Development


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