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tampereen yliopisto: yhteiskuntatieteiden tiedekunta: tutkimus: tiedon, tieteen, teknologian ja innovaatioiden tutkimuskeskus tasti: tutkimus: innovaatiojarjestelmat ja innovaatiotoiminta: towards inclusive use of intellectual capital:
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Towards Inclusive Use of Intellectual Capital

Introduction to innovation communities and immigration 

The policy aim in Finland since early 1990s has been to support the development of globally linked and innovation oriented economy. Deployment of global knowledge flows is crucial part of the process, and mobility of individuals is maybe the most efficient way to internationally transfer both science-based (explicit) and experience-based (tacit) knowledge. However, Finland has not been very successful in connecting global human capital with the national innovation system, bluntly, because socio-cultural environment is more exclusive than inclusive for foreigners (e.g. Raunio & Forsander 2009: Shumilova et al. 2012). This study explores the communities within the innovation system and how they could provide more inclusive practices for foreign human capital. Based on literature, four categories of communities are defined according to their relation with innovation and learning, and especially, to culture that they aim to accommodate their members.

Innovation communities

  • Knowledge creating communities have universal scientific knowledge base, science based shared practices and disciplinary culture (‘exploration’).
  • Knowledge applying communities share working culture and working practices of certain profession that may be contain strong local or national traditions, but may be also rather international by some part (‘examination’, ‘exploration’).

Innovation related communities

  • Supportive professional and business communities link new members to wider socio-economic environment and networks in certain region, sector or technology field, but very generic way instead of working on innovation itself. They support the innovative activities by shaping the innovation environment.
  •  Enabling social and cultural communitiesinclude many different social and cultural activities that may indirectly support the individuals by including them with “social capital” of the region or otherwise improve the quality of life, so that use of professional knowledge in this location is more likely for individual than moving away. Thus, they enable the use of knowledge in the region.

                

The challenge for innovation policy is to recognize the relevant communities and provide policy measures to support inclusive practices. Communities have different roles in innovation ecosystem, and in creation of inclusive practices. The tentative allocation of different communities presented in this context, and their relations to innovation and inclusiveness (environment to which new comers are integrated) may ease this task.

 
Käyntiosoite: Kanslerinrinne 1, 3. krs
Postiosoite: TaSTI, Yhteiskunta- ja kulttuuritieteiden yksikkö
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Muutettu: 17.1.2014 14.22 Muokkaa

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