Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

Global Knowledge Flows and Economic Development


This publication examines how national and regional governments and development agencies can increase economic competitiveness by promoting connections to global knowledge flows.  It is based on the findings of a study led by the Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme of the OECD, in collaboration with Scottish Enterprise, the principal economic development agency for Scotland, which provides international analysis and comparative examples to help clarify policy options in all countries and regions interested in exploiting the potential of cross-border knowledge flows.

The following key areas for action are identified: stimulation of cross-border alliances between firms and universities, promotion of knowledge transfers from foreign direct investment, attraction of high-skilled workers from overseas and creation of vibrant national and regional innovation systems.  The analysis and policy recommendations and examples of leading programmes from Scotland and many other countries in North America, Europe, and the Pacific Region, present learning opportunities for policy makers, practitioners and scholars interested in this emerging area of policy. This book is available now. To contact the author, please send an e-mail to Jon Potter

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