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An ICT-Based Network of Competence Centres for Developing Intellectual Capital in the Mediterranean Area

An ICT-Based Network of Competence Centres for Developing Intellectual Capital in the Mediterranean Area
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Author(s): Marco De Maggio (University of Salento, Italy), Pasquale Del Vecchio (University of Salento, Italy), Gianluca Elia (University of Salento, Italy) and Francesca Grippa (University of Salento, Italy)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 18
Source title: Handbook of Research on E-Services in the Public Sector: E-Government Strategies and Advancements
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Abid Thyab Al Ajeeli (University of Bahrain, Bahrain) and Yousif A. Latif Al-Bastaki (University of Bahrain, Bahrain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-789-3.ch014

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Abstract

The rising of the knowledge economy, enhanced by the fast diffusion of ICTs, drives a wider perspective on the divide among Countries, interpreting it more and more as the result of an asymmetry in the access to knowledge and in the readiness to apply it in order to renew the basics of their development dynamics. Looking at the Mediterranean Area, the positive correlation between the Networked Readiness Index and the Global Competitive Index developed at Global Economic Forum – INSEAD, shows that the opposite sides of the Mediterranean Sea are performing a development path at two different paces. In the effort to face the challenge of supporting the creation of Intellectual Capital able to apply, diffuse and benefit from e-business, in 2005 the e-Business Management Section (eBMS) of Scuola Superiore ISUFI – University of Salento launched the “Mediterranean School of e-Business Management”. The present work aims to offer a presentation of its genesis, its most distinctive features, operational model and action plan. The preliminary results of its activities show the role and the main challenges of the School in addressing the needs of the Mediterranean Countries towards a logic of partnership for the development of their Intellectual assets.

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