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No 506:
The Context and Diffusion of Knowledge in the Finnish Jewellery Industry - The role of The House of Fabergé

Maria Forsman () and Nikodemus Solitander ()

Abstract: Researchers within the fields of economic geography and organizational management have extensively studied learning and the prerequisites and impediments for knowledge transfer. This paper combines two discourses within the two subjects: the-communities-of-practice and the learning region approaches, merging them through the so-called ecology of knowledge-approach, which is used to examine the knowledge transfer from the House of Fabergé to the Finnish jewellery industry. We examine the pre-revolution St Petersburg jewellery cluster and the post-revolution Helsinki, and the transfer of knowledge between these two locations through the components of communities of people, institutions and industry. The paper shows that the industrial dynamics of the Finnish modern-day goldsmith industry was inherently shaped both through the transfer and the non-transfer of knowledge. It also contends that the “knowledge-economy” is not anchored in and exclusive for the high technology sector of the late 20th century.

Keywords: learning; ecologies-of-knowledge; jewellery industry; the House of Fabergé; embeddedness; (follow links to similar papers)

26 pages, September 2, 2004

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