Teaching social science research for the knowledge economy
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In this paper I outline some of the characteristics of the global knowledge economy and attempt to identify matching sets of skills that should be (but often aren't) taught in social science research courses. Some of the characteristics of the knowledge economy I highlight are that it is global, highly networked, subject to rapid turnover, strives to be 'hi-tech', that it treats knowledge as a commodity, and that it exists in a perpetual state of "scarcity in abundance". I then outline the skills needed to operate in (and against) such an economy, as well as the contextual knowledge needed in terms of: 'soft systems', 'knowledge institutions' and 'knowledge protocols'.
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