Ian Brinkley


Manufacturing and the knowledge economy

This report examines the changes to the UK?s manufacturing sector: the traditional divide between manufacturing and services is eroding ? notably in the high-tech, knowledge intensive sectors. Manufacturers adding service functions to their existing product portfolios is a key driver of the expansion of high...
Working paper

Knowledge economy and enterprise

The purpose of this working paper is to explore how much of this phenomenon is driven by SMEs. Is the transformation towards a knowledge based economy also seeing a shift to what some people call an ?entrepreneurial economy?? Or is the knowledge economy seeing the...

What you get is not what you see: intangible assets and the knowledge economy

With the growing knowledge economy investment in intangible assets is starting to match, and is set to overtake, investment in tangible assets. More money and time is now being spent on developing assets such as human capital, and brand value, than on more traditional assets...

R&D, ICT and productivity

R&D and ICT are both important drivers of productivity. But they are also simplifications, and the money spent on each can be both a fantastic investment and a missed opportunity. In this paper, we survey the 'conditioning' factors behind the success or failure of these...

Efficiency and labour market polarisation

The knowledge economy gets a reasonably clean bill of health as far as polarisation between "good" and "bad" jobs is concerned. Overall Rececca Fauth and Ian Brinkley agree with recent analyses positing a stable labour market and continued expansion of well-paid jobs at the top...