dimension of knowledge in the learning economy
The learning economy has very open characteristics but it requires coherent
strategies integrating issues such as ecology, social trust, ethics and
the reconstruction of social capital (based on: Tomassini
2001k, p. 3).
This is about the ethical dimension of the learning economy. I am going
along with the premise that knowledge is a tool which we ought to have
more of in order to get competitive advantage. But I am going to say it'
a very powerful tool, and like all tools it can be used for good or for
ill. If we are going to develop a knowledge-based society we do need to
have a parallel development of ethical norms to control the use of knowledge
for good purposes.
practical terms this does mean more regulatory mechanisms in the way in
which people transmit or use knowledge. We need, for example, private legislation
to ensure that people's private electronic records cannot be erased by
other people. We need a whole new range of legislation which is anti-fraud
to make sure that the knowledge that is available to the companies prevents
them from engaging in massive fraud or unfair trading mechanisms.
Cluster: Fiesole Oct 01