From innovation systems to knowledge systems

J. Howells*, J. Roberts

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This paper seeks to provide an understanding of knowledge creation and dissemination through an exploration and analysis of knowledge systems. It begins with a brief review of the systems of innovation approach. This is followed by a discussion of knowledge systems in which the nature of knowledge is considered and a definition of knowledge systems is outlined. A conceptual analysis of knowledge systems is provided in which they are compared and contrasted with systems of innovation. The conceptual framework presented is then examined more fully within the context of the computer services sector. Finally, conclusions are drawn and directions for further research are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-31
Number of pages15
JournalPrometheus (United Kingdom)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2000


  • Computer services
  • Knowledge
  • Knowledge systems
  • Systems of innovation


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