Title: Towards a knowledge-based development framework for the manufacturing industry: insights from Brazilian companies

Authors: Priscila Nesello; Ana Cristina Fachinelli

Addresses: School of Business Administration and Tourism (FAT), Universidade Federal de Pelotas, R. Gomes Carneiro, 1 – Centro, Pelotas – RS, 96010-610, Brazil ' Graduate Program in Business Administration, Universidade de Caxias do Sul, 1130, Francisco Getúlio Vargas, Caxias do Sul, 95070-560, Brazil

Abstract: The manufacturing industry, traditionally anchored in material resources, now faces the challenge to integrate knowledge-related activities to leverage development and foster jobs, wealth and economic growth. This study used extensive literature review, a qualitative study in manufacturing companies in Caxias do Sul (Brazil), and a Delphi consultation with experts from 12 countries to create a conceptual framework for knowledge-based development (KBD) in the manufacturing industry. The study revealed that knowledge markets nowadays require organisations to shift from a price-led competition to an attribute-led competition to foster better results through the implementation of knowledge assets in their value proposition. The framework generated is a guideline for repositioning the value system of the manufacturing industry in a knowledge-based universe.

Keywords: KBD; knowledge-based development; manufacturing industry; knowledge markets; knowledge assets; innovation; Caxias do Sul.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKBD.2020.115026

International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 2020 Vol.11 No.4, pp.338 - 356

Received: 29 Oct 2019
Accepted: 27 Sep 2020

Published online: 10 May 2021 *

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