SYDNEY - Just as the agrarian society gave way to the industrial revolution, the industrial society is giving way to one where knowledge and innovation are the key drivers of economic value and wealth creation.
As organisations from all sectors come to rely more on knowledge-intensive resources and technology for value creation, it is clear that an organisation's ability to foster, manage and profit from the knowledge of its people and their capacity to innovate will be the key to its future success. However, as an economy and a nation we are challenged to find meaningful, consistent and reliable ways to successfully deal with these things often called "intangibles".
As managers, leaders and citizens, we must explore and address the challenge of understanding value in this new knowledge-based era. Managing a business, government agency or an economy in this time requires new understanding and skills if we are to continue to prosper.
Our vision is to create an Australia that is the most advanced Knowledge Economy in the world.We believe the answers lie in the collaborative, ‘joined up' thinking of committed individuals and organisations.
The heart of our work is facilitating collaborative investigations, insights and the creation of ‘best' practices and policy recommendations by bringing together thought leaders, experts and innovators from business, government, academia and the third sector.Working in partnership with academics, corporations such as Westpac and Microsoft, associations like the CPA, and participants from State and Federal government, the SKE has set out to create the frameworks, forums and contexts for those dialogues, inquiries, discoveries and ‘best' practices to emerge to benefit Australia as a whole.
Whilst my current ‘day job' has expanded to a global role, I am delighted to continue to serve the SKE as President for this most vital Australian initiative and believe the SKE will serve as a role model for the development of other such organisations globally.
Vice President, Online Services Group, Microsoft Corp
President, Society for Knowledge Economics
For more information on the Society for Knowledge Economics please visit www.ske.org.au.