Title: Global knowledge hubs: introducing a new conceptual model

Authors: Beverly S.Y. Tan; Vinh V. Thai

Addresses: School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore ' School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Abstract: Industrial clusters are perceived to enhance competitive advantage, stimulate economic growth and employment, and confer superior firm performance. With the business environment trending towards knowledge-intensive capitalism, industrial clusters are developing into hubs for knowledge creation and learning, hence culminating in the emergence of the 'global knowledge hub' (GKH) concept. Nevertheless, the GKH concept remains nebulous with no clear definition available in extant literature despite being already implemented as a policy initiative. Hence, a generic GKH model was developed in this study to conceptually define and explain what GKHs are, which includes identifying appropriate constituent components, dimensions and relevant knowledge interactions, via a review and synthesis of multidisciplinary streams of literature on clusters, knowledge management and globalisation. Consequently, this study establishes the background for future exploratory case studies and empirical research whereby the proposed model could be operationalised as a construct to assess the impacts of GKHs on firm performance.

Keywords: global knowledge hubs; GKH; knowledge hubs; knowledge clusters; industrial clusters; conceptual modelling; knowledge management; globalisation; firm performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKBD.2015.071471

International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 2015 Vol.6 No.2, pp.131 - 151

Available online: 29 Aug 2015 *

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