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Reproducing artisanal knowledge in the New Economy: a case study of English farmhouse cheese making, 1850-2000

Blundel, Richard (2002). Reproducing artisanal knowledge in the New Economy: a case study of English farmhouse cheese making, 1850-2000. In: Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID) Summer Conference, 6-8 June 2002, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Abstract

This paper traces the changing dynamics of artisanal knowledge production from the pre-industrial era to the inception of the digital economy. It integrates resource-based and institutional concepts within a broadly Penrosian framework. Results are presented in two overlapping phases. The first is a broad historical analysis, periodised on the basis of changes in knowledge production and associated isolating mechanisms. The second draws on a multiple case study to provide a more fine-grained account of the growth of artisanal knowledge in two firms, from formation in the mid-1950s to the present day. The final section comprises a discussion and series of concluding remarks.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2002 The Author
Keywords: artisanal knowledge; firms; growth; networks; Penrose; production systems
Academic Unit/Department: Open University Business School
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
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Item ID: 29187
Depositing User: Richard Blundel
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 12:41
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2012 06:15
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/29187
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