Towards a European information economy

Poiesis and Praxis 1 (1):47-65 (2001)
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The aim of the paper is to analyse whether and to what extent the network concept has become the Leitbild of an emerging new economy. The analysis is based on a company survey conducted in eight European territories. There is empirical evidence that only a minority of companies have applied the network concept as a dominant restructuring model, while various types of Fordism are still influencing companies' view on efficient techno-organisational forms. The regional analysis demonstrates that there is not only one path into an informational economy. Some territories still stick to low-tech Fordism, while others apply a technology-based flexi-Fordism, in which ICT functions as a key mechanism to make Fordist structures more flexible. Only in a minority of territories is an informational network economy emerging in which ICT has the function of enabling and supporting communication and co-operation within decentralised organisational forms
Keywords Keywords Knowledge society, Reflexive knowledge production, Information and communication technologies, New organisational forms, Regional convergence RID=""ID="" The article is based on research conducted in the project “Information Society, Work and the New Forms of Social Exclusion”, which is financed by the TSER program of the EU/DG XII. The following researchers are participating in the project: Gerd Schienstock (Co-ordinator   WRC), Gotthard Bechmann (ITAS), Jörg Flecker (FORBA), Ursula Huws (IES), Geert van Hootegem (HIVA), Maria Luisa Mirabile (IRES), António Brandão Moniz (FCT-UNL), and Seàn Ò Siochru (NEXUS)
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