"While a Storm is Raging on the Open Sea"

Loet Leydesdorff loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET
Wed Dec 10 16:22:01 EST 2003

"While a Storm is Raging on the Open Sea":
Regional Development in a Knowledge-based Economy
at http://www.leydesdorff.net/storm_at_sea/index.htm

The Triple Helix of university-industry-government relations is
elaborated into a systemic model that accounts for interactions among
three dimensions. By distinguishing between the respective
micro-operations, this model enables us to recombine the "Mode 2" thesis
of a new production of scientific knowledge and the study of systems of
innovation with the neo-classical perspective on the dynamics of the

The mutual information in three dimensions provides us with an indicator
for the self-organization of the resulting network systems. The
probabilistic entropy in this mutual information can be negative in
knowledge-based configurations. The knowledge base of an economy can be
considered as a second-order interaction effect among interactions at
interfaces between institutions and functions in different spheres.
Proximity enhances the chances for couplings and, therefore, the
formation of technological trajectories. The next-order regime of the
knowledge base, however, can be expected to remain pending as selection

* apologies for cross-postings; comments are very welcome in this stage

Loet Leydesdorff
Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR)
Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam
Tel.: +31-20- 525 6598; fax: +31-20- 525 3681
 <mailto:loet at leydesdorff.net> loet at leydesdorff.net ;
<http://www.leydesdorff.net/> http://www.leydesdorff.net/

 <http://www.upublish.com/books/leydesdorff-sci.htm> The Challenge of
Scientometrics ;  <http://www.upublish.com/books/leydesdorff.htm> The
Self-Organization of the Knowledge-Based Society

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