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Imported Expertise in World-class Knowledge Infrastructures: The Problematic Development of Knowledge Cities in the Gulf Region  

Kosior, Adriana (Dept. of Information Science Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf)
Barth, Julia (Dept. of Information Science Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf)
Gremm, Julia (Dept. of Information Science Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf)
Mainka, Agnes (Dept. of Information Science Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf)
Stock, Wolfgang G. (Dept. of Information Science Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf)
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Journal of Information Science Theory and Practice / v.3, no.3, 2015 , pp. 17-44 More about this Journal
Due to the oil business, settlements in the Gulf Region developed into prosperous cities. But in the near future, oil is off. The plans of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states bank on diversified and knowledge-intensive economies. Are those development plans realistic? What is the state of the art of knowledge institutions in the GCC countries? Applying the theoretical frameworks of Knowledge City and Science Indicators research, we empirically and theoretically studied the emerging Gulf cities Kuwait City (Kuwait), Manama (Bahrain), Doha (Qatar), Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah (all UAE), and Muscat (Oman). Our methodological framework includes grounded theory, ethnographic field study, ServQual-like quantitative questionnaires and semi-standardized qualitative interviews conducted on-site with informed people, informetrics, and, finally, the use of official statistics. In particular, we describe and analyze the cities' knowledge infrastructures, their academics, and expenditure on R&D as input indicators; and publications as well as graduates as output indicators. A further crucial aspect of a knowledge society is the transition of graduates into knowledge-intensive public services and private companies.
Knowledge City; Knowledge Society; GCC Countries; Arab City; Knowledge-Intensive Labor Markets;
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