Knowledge Cities

1st Edition

Approaches, Experiences, and Perspectives

Editors: Francisco Carrillo
Paperback ISBN: 9780750679411
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 16th December 2005
Page Count: 312


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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.

Key Features

Well-respected editor brings together distinguished scholars to outline cutting-edge area of research Interdisciplinary perspectives from urban studies and planning, regional development, knowledge management and intellectual capital *Key benefit is the focus on knowledge in city design, development, and management


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.

Table of Contents

i Title page
ii Table of Contents
iii List of Contributors
iv Epigraph From Italo Calvino’s The Invisible Cities
v Introduction
I. Approaches 1 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, Greece

2 Samuel David Martínez- A Comparative Framework for Knowledge Cities; Department of Computer Sciences, Tecnológico de Monterrey, México

Christian W. Matthiessen, Annette W. Schwarz and Søren Find- Global Research Centres: An analysis based on bibliometric indicators; National Committee of Geography, Denmark

4 Javier Carrillo- A Taxonomy of Urban Capital; The World Capital Institute

5 Leif Edvinsson- K-City and Society Entrepreneurship for Intellectual Capital Growth; Universal Networking Intellectual Capital, Sweden

6 Pedro Flores- Implementation of the Capital System for a Knowledge City; Center for Knowledge Systems, Tecnológico de Monterrey, México

II. Experiences

7 Caroline 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, Australia

8 Jon Azua- Bilbao: from the Guggenheim to the Knowledge City; Chairman, Enovatinglab

9 Maya Levin-Sagi*, Edna Pasher, and Hanah Hertzman Holon- Transition into City of Children; Edna Pasher and Associates, Israel

10 Blanca García- UniverCities: Innov


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About the Editor

Francisco Carrillo

Scientist and consultant devoted to Knowledge Systems and Knowledge Management (KM) since 1981 when he published his first book on the subject (El Comportamiento Cientifico –“Scientific Behaviour”, Mexico: Limusa-Wiley). He is professor of KM at the Monterrey Institute of Technology (, where he founded the Center for Knowledge Systems ( in 1992. His main interests are knowledge-based business creation and development, knowledge systems audit and the contribution of knowledge to global deveopment. He has developed a KM Model (Capital Systems) which has been applied in nearly a hundred consultancy projects in several countries. Based on this experience and related R&D, he and his colleagues at CKS developed in 1998 the ITESM graduate KM curriculum program, one the most comprehensive KM educational offerings available. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology of Science and Technology from King’s College, London, an M.Sc. in Logic and Scientific Method from the London School of Economics and a M.Sc, in Experimental Analysis of Behavior from UNAM, Mexico. He is on the Boards of several international KM and related organizations, such as The Knowledge Management Consortium International (USA), The Journal of Knowledge Management (UK), Knowledge and Innovation: The KMCI Journal (US), The Learning Organization Journal (UK), KMCI Press (USA), The Research Center on Knowledge Societies (Madrid), The CORGA Network (Venezuela), the MIK-KM Program (Basque Country) and The Entovation 100 (USA). He is Chariman of the Entovation Group/Alliance, President of Mexico’s ADIAT's KM Commission (, and has been Vice President of the KMCI-Institute ( He acted as guest editor for the Journal of Knowledge Management special issues on Knowledge Based Development (Vol. 6, No. 4, 2002) and Knowledge Based Development II: Knowledge Cities (Vol. 8, No. 5, 2004). He is Founder and Chairman of The World Capital Institute (www.worldcapitalin

Affiliations and Expertise

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


"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 m