Reflections on Mode 3, the Co-Evolution of Knowledge and Innovation Systems and How it Relates to Sustainable Development: Conceptual Framework for “Epistemic Governance”

Reflections on Mode 3, the Co-Evolution of Knowledge and Innovation Systems and How it Relates to Sustainable Development: Conceptual Framework for “Epistemic Governance”

Alice B. M. Vadrot (Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Science (ICCR), Austria)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3613-2.ch004
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Abstract

This paper is interested in raising the question to which extent the epistemological implications of the Mode 3 concept coincide with the respective knowledge understanding. The argumentation focuses on the article from David F. J. Campbell and Elias G. “Mode 3” and “Quadruple Helix”: Toward a 21st Century Fractal Innovation Ecosystem (2009) and aims to illuminate it from a theoretical perspective. The starting point is the elaborated basic understanding of knowledge as well as the interpretation of knowledge production.
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Questioning The Rationale Of The Mode 3 System

From the analytical perspective, knowledge is defined as justified true beliefs (Roderick, 1987). It goes beyond the mere storage of information and data (Dretske, 1992). That works as common sense (Stehr, 2003, p. 47). Unlike information, knowledge implies the recognition of contexts and enables, to use Saussure’s terms, insight into the linkages between signs and meaning. This is both conscious and subconscious and complicates the organization and regulation of knowledge. Knowledge is the key to coping with the world and to optimally utilizing the resources of this world, i.e., to innovation and moreover sustainable development.

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