Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED Programme)

Global Knowledge Flows and Economic Development


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ISBN Number: 9264107665
Publication Date:
June 2004

Global Knowledge Flows and Economic Development

Published by the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme

Global knowledge flows are becoming a key driver of economic development. They encourage the inflow of new ideas and enable domestic innovation to be better exploited overseas. How can countries develop effective policies to reap the benefits that they bring?

This publication is based on 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.  The report recommends policies that governments and development agencies at national and regional levels can adopt to stimulate the participation of firms and research organisations in global knowledge flows.

The book highlights the following key areas where action is needed:

  • Promoting cross-border alliances involving firms and universities.
  • Stimulating knowledge transfers from foreign direct investment ventures.
  • Attracting highly-skilled workers from overseas.
  • Creating vibrant national and regional innovation systems. 

Learning model examples are also provided from leading programmes in Scotland and other countries in Europe, North America, and the Pacific Region. It is essential reading for policy makers, practitioners and scholars interested in this emerging area of policy.

Table of contents:

Chapter 1. Cover and Table of Contents
Chapter 2. Executive Summary
Chapter 3. SME innovation policy and the formation
Chapter 4. Attracting, retaining and mobilising high skilled labour
Chapter 5. Integrating global knowledge flows for generative growth in Scotland: Life sciences as a knowledge economy exemplar
Chapter 6. The innovation solution: some lessons from Scotland, theory and Canadian cities
Chapter 7. Internationalising knowledge flows: Pacific experience
Chapter 8. Policy recommendations and learning models
Chapter 9. Annex

How to obtain this publication:

Readers can access the full version of Global Knowledge Flows and Economic Development by choosing from the following options:


  • For more information, please contact Mr. Jon Potter from the OECD Secretariat.


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