Essays on the Role of Knowledge, R&D, and Technology-Based Firms in the Evolution of Socio-Techno-Economic System

Muhammad Shafique, UNU-MERIT

Technological change is a central topic in the field of economics and management of innovation. The aggregate technological change that manifests in transformative changes in the structure of socio-techno-economic system (STES) is particularly important due to the scope and magnitude of its impact. Identifying the locus of transformative technological change (TTC) and determining its direction is an important problem from the perspective of public policy as well as business strategy. Following Peter Drucker's insights, this PhD thesis proposes that this problem can be solved by shifting the focus of scientific inquiry from the product space to the knowledge space. It posits that knowledge as the DNA and ideas as the genes determine the evolution of STES and that structural change in this system follows the structural change in the universe of knowledge.

Venue: Room 1.169, Minderbroedersberg 4-6, Maastricht

Date: 19 April 2016

Time: 14:00 - 15:30