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World Knowledge Competitiveness Index 2004


World Knowledge Competitiveness Index 2004
 
 

The World Knowledge Competitiveness Index 2004 is an integrated and overall benchmark of the knowledge capacity, capability and sustainability of 125 regions across the globe, and the extent to which this knowledge is translated into economic value, and transferred into the wealth of the citizens of these regions, utilising 19 knowledge economy benchmarks, including employment levels in the knowledge economy, patent registrations, R&D investment by the private and public sector, education expenditure, information and communication technology infrastructure, and access to private equity. The World Knowledge Competitiveness Index 2004 is the only existing instrument that benchmarks such regional performance at a global level, with index comprising of 55 North American regions, 45 from Europe and 25 from Asia-Pacific.

This year's report includes three special articles relating to the World Knowledge Competitiveness Index and global economic development.

Competing For Knowledge-Based Business: Foreign Direct Investment and the Knowledge Economy - Dr Robert Huggins and Nia Emlyn-Jones, Robert Huggins Associates
Focuses on how regions can attract and retain knowledge-based foreign direct investment, and outlines the components of a management strategy for knowledge attraction.

The Changing Global Market: A New Paradigm for Operating in the World's Knowledge-Based Economies - Anthony Dunnett CBE, Independent Consultant and Advisor
Assesses the fundamental changes that are occurring in the market dynamics and economics operating within technology rich regions. As the former Chief Executive of South East England Development Agency in the UK, Anthony draws on his experience of establishing an integrated global regions development programme.

The Global Battle For Knowledge Competitiveness: Investing in the Economies and Businesses of the Future - Dr Hiro Izushi, Coventry Business School
Dr Hiro Izushi, co-founder of the World Knowledge Competitiveness Index, investigates the global battle for knowledge competitiveness, and how both economies and businesses can be invest in their future.

The WKCI 2004 features two new indicators adding to the seventeen factors already benchmarked by the index. The first new indicator measures the relative amount of private equity capital available to a region's firms, which represents an important source of finance for private firms to invest in new technologies and staff. Our second new indicator measures the level of broadband access within a region's economy, reflecting the willingness and/or ability of a region to embrace new technologies and to maximise their application.

Key Features

Human Capital Components

  • Economic Activity Rate
  • Number of Managers per 1,000 inhabitants
  • Employment in IT and Computer Manufacturing per 1,000 inhabitants
  • Employment in Biotechnology and Chemicals per 1,000 inhabitants
  • Employment in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering per 1,000 inhabitants
  • Employment in Instrumentation and Electrical Machinery per 1,000 inhabitants
  • Employment in High-Tech Services per 1,000 inhabitants

Financial Capital Components

  • Per Capita Private Equity Investment new

Knowledge Capital Components

  • Per Capita Expenditures on R&D performed by Government
  • Per Capita Expenditures on R&D performed by Business
  • Number of Patents Registered per one million inhabitants

Regional Economy Outputs

  • Labour Productivity
  • Mean Gross Monthly Earnings
  • Unemployment Rates

Knowledge Sustainability

  • Per Capita Public Expenditures on Primary and Secondary Education
  • Per Capita Public Expenditures on Higher Education
  • Secure Servers per one million inhabitants
  • Internet Hosts per 1,000 inhabitants
  • Broadband Access per 1,000 inhabitants new

The report is available in 4 options:
Direct Download PDF format Report Only
Direct Download PDF format with Excel spreadsheet containing the
rankings and scores for indices and 2003/2004 comparisons.
Printed Version Report Only
Printed Version with Excel spreadsheet containing the
rankings and scores for indices and 2003/2004 comparisons.

ISBN: 1-902829-10-7

 


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The complete competitiveness index report series is now available as a Free download from the Centre for International Competitiveness website at www.cforic.org

 
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