Knowledge Cities

Approaches, Experiences, and Perspectives

Edited by

  • Francisco Carrillo, Francisco Javier Carillo, Ph.D., Director, Center for Knowledge Systems, Professor, Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM), Mexico

Knowledge Cities are cities that possess an economy driven by high value-added exports created through research, technology, and brainpower. In other words, these are cities in which both the private and the public sectors value knowledge, nurture knowledge, spend money on supporting knowledge dissemination and discovery (ie learning and innovation) and harness knowledge to create products and services that add value and create wealth. Currently there are 65 urban development programs worldwide formally designated as “knowledge cities.” Knowledge-based cities fall under a new area of academic research entitled Knowledge-Based Development, which brings together research in urban development and urban studies and planning with knowledge management and intellectual capital.In this book, Francisco Javier Carillo of the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) brings together a group of distinguished scholars to outline the theory, development, and realities of knowledge cities. Based on knowledge-based development, the book shows how knowledge can be and is placed at the center of city planning and economic development to enable knowledge flows and innovation to provide a sustainable environment for high value-added products and services.
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Primary audience: Academics and scholars in Knowledge Management, Intellectual Capital, Urban studies and planning, Economic development, City planning, Regional development. Secondard: Knowledge Management practitioners, urban planners, economic development planners in public sector and grant making institutions such as the World Bank.


Book information

  • Published: December 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7941-1


"In Knowledge Cities we taste both the pragmatic actions and theoretical underpinnings for a renaissance of community knowledge that offers the potential to accelerate humanity’s quest toward wisdom. This collection of insights and understandings is cutting edge." -- Alex Bennett, co-founder of Mountain Quest Institute, former Co-Chair of the Federal Knowledge Management Group and former CKO, Department of Navy "Building and managing knowledge cities is a major issue for policy makers and citizens all over the World. Carrillo's book is welcome and timely to read." -- Ahmed Bounfour, Associate Professor, University of Marne-La-Vallée "This book provides a stimulating overview on the emerging and multidisciplinary field of Knowledge Cities. Theoretical and practical at the same time, Knowledge Cities sets the basis for cities value creation in the knowledge era. Highly recommended for those interested in a holistic approach of knowledge based development as well as those interested in the value dimensions of knowledge." -- José M. Viedma Martí, Professor of Business Administration, Polytechnic University of Catalonia; President of Intellectual Capital Management Systems; Independent Director of Interlace-ie "The first comprehensive book to deal with the Knowledge City agenda in a comprehensive fashion. It outlines the shifts in thiking and strategy required if cities are to become competitive economically, socially and culturally." -- Charles Landry, Author of 'The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators' and 'The Art of City Making' (scheduled 2006) "Carrillo's "Knowledge Cities" is a landmark book that successfully challenges the prevailing urban planning paradigm with a powerful vision of a future based on the critical resource of human capital. This book is arguably the most important new book in urban planning since the publication of Jay Forrester's "Urban Dynamics" in 1969. Carrillo and colleagues have managed to carefully craft a comprehensive book that persuasively explains why the knowledge-based perspective is critical to urban development around the globe. This exciting new book is likely to soon become a standard for the next generation of urban planners and public administrators." -- Steven A. Cavaleri, Senior Executive Vice President, Knowledge Management Consortium International (KMCI) Professor, Central Connecticut State University "Carrillo’s book provides a rich mosaic representing the diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches from the collective wisdom of 27 distinguished scholars and practitioners. The convergence of global urbanization and the knowledge society into a knowledge city is a new complex phenomenon. This is the first book, to my knowledge, to offer a well-documented state of the art account of this phenomenon known as 'Knowledge Cities.' - SLA Faultline

Table of Contents

i Title page ii Table of Contents iii List of Contributors iv Epigraph From Italo Calvino’sThe Invisible Cities v Introduction I. Approaches1 Kostas Ergazakis, Kostas Metaxiotis, and John Psarras- An Emerging Pattern of Successful Knowledge Cities; Main Features Institute of Communications & Computer Systems, National Technical University of Athens, Greece2Samuel David Martínez- A Comparative Framework for Knowledge Cities; Department of Computer Sciences, Tecnológico de Monterrey, México3 Christian W. Matthiessen*, Annette W. Schwarz and Søren Find- Global Research Centres: An analysis based on bibliometric indicators; *National Committee of Geography, Denmark4Javier Carrillo- A Taxonomy of Urban Capital; The World Capital Institute5Leif Edvinsson- K-City and Society Entrepreneurship for Intellectual Capital Growth; Universal Networking Intellectual Capital, Sweden6Pedro Flores- Implementation of the Capital System for a Knowledge City; Center for Knowledge Systems, Tecnológico de Monterrey, MéxicoII. Experiences7Caroline WONG*, Chong Ju Choi, and Carla C.J.M. Millar- The Case of Singapore as a Knowledge-Based City; *National Graduate School of Management, Australia National University, Australia8Jon Azua- Bilbao: from the Guggenheim to the Knowledge City; Chairman, Enovatinglab9Maya Levin-Sagi*, Edna Pasher, and Hanah Hertzman Holon- Transition into City of Children; Edna Pasher and Associates, Israel10Blanca García- UniverCities: Innovation and Social capital in Greater Manchester; Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, UK11Jay Chatzkel- Greater Phoenix as a Knowledge Capital; Progressive Practices, Phoenix, USA12Javier Carrillo- A Capital System for Monterrey; The World Capital Institute13Karmen Jelcic- Rijeka: Increasing Efficiency of Intellectual Capital in City Owned Companies; Intellectual Capital Center, Zagreb, Croatia14Raphaële Bidault-Waddington- An experimental aesthetic audit of a city within a city: the case of Christiania; Laboratoire d'Ingéniérie d'Idées (LII), Paris, FranceIII. Perspectives15Stephen Chen- How much does urban location matter?A comparison of three science parks in China; National Graduate School of Management, Australia National University, Australia16Luis Rubalcaba* and Luis Garrido- Urban concentration of European business services and the role of regional policies; *President of the European Network of Services Research17Jan Lambooy- Knowledge Dissemination and Innovation in Urban Regions: An Evolutionary Perspective; Univerty of Amsterdam / University of Utrecht, The Netherlands18América Martínez- Knowledge Citizens: A Competence Profile Center for Knowledge Systems; Tecnológico de Monterrey, México19Ron Dvir- Knowledge City, seen as a Collage of Human Knowledge Moments Innovation Ecology; Pardesiya, Israel20Javier Carrillo- Reconstructing Urban Experience; The World Capital Institute