The Competitiveness of Nations in a Global Knowledge-Based Economy

E - Program of Study & Funding

1. Program of Study

The program of study will consist of three parts:

  • a special topics reading course (INT D 898.6);

  • a series of research 'concepts' seminars (INT D 898.3); and,

  • a thesis including a set of case studies (INT D 996).

The overall program of study will run from September 2001 to September 2003 (24 months).

a) INT D 898.6 - The Knowledge-Based Economy: The State of the Art

Under the direction of the PhD Supervisor, the candidate will conduct a thorough review of the knowledge-based economy literature. An initial list of works is presented in the Bibliography to this submission.

This review will result in a detailed 'stand-alone' annotated bibliography. In addition, a separate and detailed 'stand-alone' analysis of the state of the knowledge-based economy will be prepared. The literature review and analysis will benchmark the proposed thesis (INT D 996).

The course will involve 50 hours of meetings between the candidate and the Supervisor made up of at least 10 meetings to be held between September 2001 and April 2002 (12 months).

b) INT D 893.3: Research 'Concepts' Seminar Series

Each term the candidate will host a research 'concepts' seminar presenting finding concerning the five key thesis concepts - Competitiveness, Nations, Global (First, Second, Third & Fourth Worlds), Knowledge and Economy, i.e. five half courses in total. Each seminar will involve 25 hours of meetings between the candidate, individual members of the PhD Committee including the Supervisor and Chairperson and interviews with faculty in relevant disciplinary departments.

c) INT D 996: Thesis - The Competitiveness of Nations in a Global Knowledge-Based Economy

Under the direction of the Interdisciplinary Studies PhD Committee a thesis will be prepared arguing that that it is interaction or, more accurately, the interphasing of outputs from distinct knowledge domains (e.g. in Canada, the Arts, Humanities & Social Science and the Natural & Engineering Sciences) that determines the competitiveness of nations in a global knowledge-based economy. The thesis will involve the synthesis of findings generated by a wide range of disciplines in all three knowledge domains including aesthetics, biogenetics, cultural anthropology, economics, epistemology, ethnic studies, futures studies, history, law, linguistics, political studies, religious studies, subatomic physics, technological forecasting and women's studies. The synthesis will be guided by modeling and research previous conducted by the candidate.

The preliminary thesis will be prepared between September 2001 and December 2003 (16 months). Following completion of the preliminary thesis the candidate will test its implications and conclusions through a set of 'stand-alone' case studies. Case studies will be determined in consultation with the Interdisciplinary PhD Committee. Tentatively they include:

  •  Case Study 1: An International Comparative Study of the Institutionalization of Knowledge

  • Case Study 2: An International Comparative Study of Synchrotron Technology

  • Case Study 3: An International Comparative Study of Genetic Engineering.

Case studies will be conducted between January 2003 and September 2003 (9 months). Results will be incorporated into a final thesis.

2. Funding
a) Tuition & Fees

Tuition and associated student fees (approximately $2,000 a term) will be paid directly by the candidate.

b) Other Costs & Expenses

The candidate will work out of his home office and, other than library services provided by the University, will cover all associated space and equipment costs. All research will, with the possible exception of case studies, draw upon and synthesize the results reported in secondary sources. The candidate will pay translation and communications costs. If the Interdisciplinary PhD Committee determines that primary research should be conducted for case studies then, with the support of the Committee, granting and funding agencies will be approached to cover necessary costs.