Knowledge Production and Distribution in the Disintermediation Era

Posted: 2 Sep 2011  

Cristobal Cobo

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Carlos A. Scolari

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Hugo Pardo Kuklinski

Universitat de Vic

Date Written: September 1, 2011

Abstract

The diffusion of the World Wide Web has greatly expanded the creation of new models of knowledge production and distribution in higher education. This research uses as a framework Boyer’s model of scholarship and Gibbons taxonomy (Mode 1 and 2) to explore the role of the university in the knowledge society. These theoretical contributions are contrasted with online platforms and tools to generate and distribute knowledge in the 21st century. This qualitative exploration of disintermediation practices in higher education is used to identify dimensions such as: new coordination agents and new coordination mechanisms, as well as to suggest possible matrix to map a new territory full of proposals that promote disintermediation, innovation and openness within and outside of the universities.

Keywords: university, disintermediation, mode 2, knowledge production, knowledge distribution, technologies

JEL Classification: 031, 032, 033

Suggested Citation

Cobo, Cristobal and Scolari, Carlos A. and Pardo Kuklinski, Hugo, Knowledge Production and Distribution in the Disintermediation Era (September 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1920766

Cristobal Cobo (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

1 St. Giles
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3PG Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire OX1 3JS
United Kingdom

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Carlos A. Scolari

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Barcelona, E-08005
Spain

Hugo Pardo Kuklinski

Universitat de Vic ( email )

Sagrada Familia 7
171 Edifici de llevant,
Vic, 08500
Spain

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