The Work Foundation has recently completed the second phase of its research programme on the knowledge economy. The primary objective of the knowledge economy 2 programme was to set out what a more balanced and sustainable knowledge-based economy would look like in 2020, back cast to where we are today to establish what needs to be done to achieve this objective.
Our research focused on what we think the sustainable foundations for growth in a knowledge economy are – an enterprise policy that works for high-growth firms, a skills agenda that delivers the knowledge workers we need, investment to maintain our scientific and research leadership and action to ensure we make the most of our public services. We also looked at individual sectors to build up an industrial strategy for the knowledge economy.
Sponsors of our knowledge economy research to date have included:
BAE Systems, BBC, Department for Culture, Media and Sports, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, EDF Energy, Microsoft, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rolls-Royce, South East England Development Agency, The British Council, The Design Council, The Heritage Lottery Fund, The Institute for the Practitioners of Advertising and The Technology Strategy Board.