Laurent Scaringella holds a Master’s in International Business and a DBA from Grenoble Ecole de Management. His expertise pertains to paradigm changes toward a knowledge-based economy, with a focus information sectors and nanotechnologies. He has been involved in several European Commission–funded projects to develop new theoretical outputs related to technology and innovation management. His knowledge in territorial innovation models earned him a role in orienting the best network practices for Grenoble’s micro-nanotechnology cluster. He also teaches advanced strategy to graduate students. In January 2011, Laurent Scaringella will be visiting scholar at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
This thesis makes a statement about the emergence of the knowledge-based economy (KBE) and variables that influence the change processes and innovation in Grenoble. A KBE is a new social and economic paradigm that replaces the industrial economy with a world of intangible assets, driven by knowledge. This uncertain paradigm shift represents a significant interest for economists and sociologists. The literature review suggests a broad range of 26 variables that might influence knowledge dynamics in an economy, also known as the KBE Alphabet. Those variables are analytically presented to define the dimensions required. All the variables are highly related and lead to a relationships model composed of 195 theoretical relationships.
The empirical study is based on narrative biographies, and three case studies with firms of different sizes rely on semi-structured interviews and tests of theoretical tools, variables, and dimensions identified in the literature review. The knowledge interactions create a global picture of change and time-space illustrations of knowledge map. A new developed research procedure increases the reliability of each case study. The empirical part also uses a quantitative approach. A questionnaire measures the influence of each variable on knowledge dynamics and territorial features. Multivariate regression measures provide feedback about the 195 theoretical relationships. This thesis also implements new knowledge governance tools, such as the knowledge balanced scorecard. This thesis represents the first step of research into the information and communication technology sector as a worldwide playground.