The knowledge economy incorporates intellectual capital and human knowledge into new technology, information processing and decision support systems, machines, automation and digitalization to generate economic value. Human capital and talents are the drivers of innovations, new superior products and sustainable competitive edge. The roles of educational institutions can be summarized in investing in research and development and training the workforce. It is the partnership between government, businesses and educational leaders for a comprehensive approach to local and a regional economic and job growth model that has resulted in the growth of cities such as Albany, Pittsburgh, Akron, Columbus, Buffalo, Phoenix, Allentown, and many more. Knowledge, innovation, and technology are now recognized as the drivers of productivity and economic growth. The tight clusters of knowledge and diverse talented people in dense places drive economic progress, for instance Silicon Valley that brings billions of dollars in venture capital to San Francisco every year. In a knowledge economy, production is based on knowledge-intensive activities and highly skilled workers with a college degree, high productivity, and consequently high wages. Statistics on the economic characteristics of the cities with the significant role of universities in their recent success in transforming their economy to growth and prosperity will be analyzed. Implications of the study will be to enhance the environment for university-public-private partnerships to bring research, innovation, entrepreneurship, jobs and economic growth to big and small cities.
International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society
New York, New York
College of Business and Management
Farazmand, F. (2018, March 2). The Role of universities in a knowledge economy. Presentation given at the International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society in New York.
Presentation included some parts of Farazmand's research on knowledge economy and economic growth at the 14th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society at St. John's University, Manhattan Campus, New York, March 2, 2018. Conference 2018 Special Focus: Regeneration, Autonomy, and Sustainability—Productive Technologies and the Green Economy.
The abstract of the paper was published in the conference proceedings.