Knowledge Exchange and Culture: Acculturated Understandings of Knowledge Transfer in the Creative Industries
In his book 'New Money, Nice Towns: How Capital Works in the New Economy' (2003) Leonard Nevarez posited the proposition that institutions of higher education make for better chambers of commerce for the creative industries than those of the traditional variety. The upsurge of interest in the creative industries from within higher education is happening at a time when institutions are being pushed by competition and funding issues on the one side and pulled by the prospects of developing new areas for research and learning on the other to re-examine their traditional functions. The growth of a 'knowledge transfer' mission with industries located within the so-called new economy throws down a set of interesting challenges and opportunities that institutions are now engaging with. What sorts of knowledge are transacted between processes of knowledge production and knowledge use? How does the collaborative mode of knowledge production work within the traditional economies of academic knowledge production? How are they possibly transformed by it? How are the range of knowledge production and use practices transformed by these models? These questions are becoming ever more pertinent for a range of academic practitioners. However, there is, as yet, little theorisation of these processes outside a range of specialist discourses. This paper encourages debate about the meta-dimension of these questions by drawing upon the results of an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project to examine the dynamics of the relationship between knowledge production in the arts and humanities and innovation in the creative industries. The paper argues that theories of social epistemology provide a compelling starting point for examining questions at this level of analysis.
Keywords: Creative Industries, Universities, New Economy, Knowledge, Innovation
Prof. Calvin Taylor
Professor in Cultural Industries, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds