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Prescripts: Creating Competitive Advantage in the Knowledge Economy
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
2002 (English)In: Competitiveness review, ISSN 1059-5422, Vol. 12, no 1, 26-37 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One recurring theme in the discourse on global competition is the major shift in thinking about what constitute resources in the economy. It is assumed that the economists' traditional categorization into land, labor and capital has been superseded by knowledge as the prime resource. As a consequence, this belief has led to an increased interest in human resource management, human capital, and the problem of attracting and keeping good knowledge workers. It is maintained in this paper that attracting and keeping good knowledge workers will be essential for survival in the knowledge economy, but that it will not necessarily lead to a competitive advantage. Instead, the competitive advantage resides in the competence of the firm to depersonalize knowledge and codify it into software “prescripts” that can be used to duplicate markets or marketed worldwide.

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Emerald , 2002. Vol. 12, no 1, 26-37 p.
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Business Administration
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Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-50183DOI: 10.1108/eb046432OAI: diva2:459786
Available from: 2011-11-28 Created: 2011-11-28

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