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 Jun 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.

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