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Knowledge flows percolation model – a new model for the relation between knowledge and innovation

Popescul, Daniela (2012): Knowledge flows percolation model – a new model for the relation between knowledge and innovation. Published in: Proceedings of The 18th International Business Information Management Association Conference (Innovation and Sustainable Economic Competitive Advantage: From Regional Development to World Economies), June 9-10, 2012, Istanbul, Turkey (9 June 2012): pp. 445-453.

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Abstract

The present paper proposes a new way of thinking regarding the relation between innovation and knowledge using a Physics-borrowed model, trying to prove whether knowledge resources can „flow” (be percolated) in a network or a grid, in order to be transformed in technological innovation. In the Knowledge Flow Percolation Model centre, human beings are seen as thinking electrons, both consuming and generating knowledge flow. Through the inter-dependent actions of individuals, knowledge circulates inside different types of organisations, allowing functioning and innovating in order to obtain competitive advantages. The model can be extended also at a national level, and some assumptions of self similarity appear in this process of extension. The model must be seen as a proposal for the research community and as a basis for future observations regarding the importance of knowledge flows in innovation.

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