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Laurent Scaringella

DBA Graduate - 2010

Thesis title

The Knowledge-based Economy Paradigm Emergence toward Better Knowledge Governance: Grenoble, a knowledge-based district; information and communication technologies

Supervisor(s)

Jean-Jacques Chanaron

Areas of expertise

  • Strategy
  • Strategic Management
My expertise concerns the paradigm change toward the Knowledge Based Economy with a focus on the ICT sector and more specifically, nanotechnologies. I defended my Doctorate in Business Administration dissertation in 2010. I have been involved in several European Commission funded projects dealing with the development of new theoretical outputs on technology and innovation management. My knowledge in Territorial Innovation Models at the European level helped me to earn a role in orienting best network practices for Grenoble’s micro-nanotechnology cluster. I am involved in a research group focusing on gender diversity in the economy and I teach advanced strategy to graduate students.I intend to combine academic life with other extracurricular activities. I have been strongly involved in the French army as the chief of the instruction platoon where I received recognition for teaching, publishing and for being at the forefront of international alpine and various sports competitions.
This thesis makes a statement about the emergence of the knowledge-based economy (KBE) and variables that influence the change processes and innovation in Grenoble. A KBE is a new social and economic paradigm that replaces the industrial economy with a world of intangible assets, driven by knowledge. This uncertain paradigm shift represents a significant interest for economists and sociologists. The literature review suggests a broad range of 26 variables that might influence knowledge dynamics in an economy, also known as the KBE Alphabet. Those variables are analytically presented to define the dimensions required. All the variables are highly related and lead to a relationships model composed of 195 theoretical relationships. The empirical study is based on narrative biographies, and three case studies with firms of different sizes rely on semi-structured interviews and tests of theoretical tools, variables, and dimensions identified in the literature review. The knowledge interactions create a global picture of change and time-space illustrations of knowledge map. A new developed research procedure increases the reliability of each case study. The empirical part also uses a quantitative approach. A questionnaire measures the influence of each variable on knowledge dynamics and territorial features. Multivariate regression measures provide feedback about the 195 theoretical relationships. This thesis also implements new knowledge governance tools, such as the knowledge balanced scorecard. This thesis represents the first step of research into the information and communication technology sector as a worldwide playground. ..