INTRODUCTION

Forum for Global Knowledge Sharing (Knowledge Forum) is a specialised, interdisciplinary global forum. It deals with science, technology and economy interface. It aims at providing a platform for scholars belonging to different institutions, universities, countries and disciplines to interact, exchange their research findings and undertake joint research studies. It is designed for persons who have been contributing to R&D and publishing their research findings in professional journals. Its registered office is housed at the Institute for Human Development (IHD), New Delhi. However, its members and office bearers are from various institutions and countries (see the list of Governing Council Members) and function from their respective institution. Knowledge Forum was registered on August 25, 2005. We regularly hold annual conferences where the members present their research papers, share research findings with other members and interact. Knowledge Forum annual international conferences have been well attended and the papers have been of a high quality. At present there is no inter-disciplinary forum for persons belonging to different disciplines like business schools, economics, basic sciences and technology to interact, collaborate and share their knowledge on the problems involved in technology creation and transfer, and other issues relating to global business. It was felt that in the current era of globalisation and fast technological change the creation of such a forum is vital. Economists have been working on themes relating to technology creation and transfer without having an in-depth knowledge of science and technology. Likewise technologists have also been working on these themes without much or any knowledge of their economic viability. Therefore, some of us felt the vital need for a forum where technologists and social scientists could meet and interact. The membership to the Forum is open to all scholars who have been publishing in refereed professional journals.

 

Corporate Members: Global Development Network; The Hindu, The Kasturi & Sons Limited; Sir Dorabji Tata Trust; and EID Parry India Ltd, Murugappa Group.

 


 

RESEARCH PAPERS

The most important part of our website is the folder on “Research Papers”. All the registered members are allowed to submit their research papers. The submitted papers are refereed (peer reviewed) and the accepted papers are uploaded on the website. Placing the paper in our website does not prevent the authors from publishing it in any journal. These are considered similar to working papers and not as publications.  We have now about 200 research papers in the website. Research Papers folder of our website plays a crucial role. It helps scholars from diverse fields to identify other scholars belonging to other disciplines but working on similar issues and themes. By examining the papers in our website, scholars who are interested in interdisciplinary studies can identify scholars from other disciplines for academic collaboration. The papers posted in our folder have already received several citations.

Furthermore, eSocialSciences http://www.esocialsciences.org has also been giving wide publicity to our papers and programmes. In addition to research papers we also have folders on conference papers where presentations by non-members are also placed and one on Case Studies wherein members share important case studies in science, technology and economy. We also have a folder on Books where our publications are listed with abstracts.

 


 

GOVERNING COUNCIL

President

  • Professor S. R. Hashim, former Chairman, Union Public Service Commission and former Member Secretary, Planning Commission

Vice Presidents

  • Professor Stanley Nollen, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington DC
  • Professor Y. S. Rajan, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor, ISRO

Treasurer

  • Professor K. Narayanan, Institute Chair Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

Secretary/Hon. Director

  • Professor N. S. Siddharthan, Hon. Professor, Madras School of Economics, Chennai

Members

  • Professor Y.K. Alagh, Chairman, Institute for Human Development
  • Professor Filip De Beule, KU Leuven University, Belgium
  • Professor Bishwanath Goldar, Institute of Economic Growth and JNU, Delhi
  • Professor Ashok Jain, Institute of Informatics and Communication, University of Delhi
  • Professor K. L. Krishna, former Director, Delhi School of Economics
  • Kaushalesh Lal, Society for Development Studies, Delhi and MERIT, The Netherlands
  • Professor B. L. Pandit, Delhi School of Economics
  • Professor Bino Paul, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  • Padma Prakash, eSocialSciences
  • Professor Baldev Raj, National Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS) and Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE)
  • Professor Alakh N. Sharma, Director, Institute for Human Development, New Delhi

Note: Professor P. V. Indiresan was the founder President and remained President till October 2008. During the General Body Meeting (October 17, 2008), Professor Indiresan expressed his desire to be relieved from the post of the President. Consequently the Governing Council elected Professor S R Hashim President.


 

MEMBERSHIP: Membership of KNOWLEDGE FORUM is open to any individual with a research publication record in professional forums or holder of patents and who is in agreement with the objectives of KNOWLEDGE FORUM and who is prepared to work for their furtherance.

In addition there is also a provision for Corporate Membership and corporate institutions (including registered bodies and trusts) can become members and nominate their executives to take part in the activities of Knowledge Forum.

Membership Fee:

  • Individual Members, lifetime fee of rupees one thousand (INR1000)
  • International Members, lifetime fee of US dollars one hundred ($100)
  • Indian Corporate Members, onetime fee of rupees hundred thousand (INR100, 000.00). International Corporate Members, onetime fee of US dollars ten thousand ($10,000.00)
  • To become a member visit our website, < http://fgks.in> login and register
  • Contact Address: Professor N. S. Siddharthan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CONFERENCES

We have been regularly holding our annual conferences. The participation rates in the conferences have been high. The 2006 conference papers were published by Routledge and the volume was released during the 2007 conference at IIT Bombay. The 2007 conference papers have also been published by Routledge and the volume was released during the 2009 conference held at the Tata Institute for Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. The Journal Science, Technology and Society brought out a special issue of the journal on the theme Innovations and Enterprise Development containing select papers presented at our conference held at the Madras School of Economics, March 19-21, 2010. The special issue was released during the 2011 Annual Conference at Goa. One set of select papers from the 2010 Annual Conference was published by Springer and another set in a special issue of Contributions to Indian Social Science. These two publications were released during the 2012 Annual Conference. Select papers from the 2011 Annual Conference were published by Science, Technology and Society and released during the 2012 Annual Conference. Select papers from the 2012 conference have been published in a special issue of the journal Innovation and Development published by Routledge. Springer will be publishing select papers from the 2013 Annual Conference held at IIT Bombay. Some papers from the 2014 conference held at NIAS Bangalore have appeared in Journal of Industrial Statistics. In addition certain other papers presented at 2014 conference and 2015 Workshop held at TISS Bombay will be published by Springer.


 

XII Annual Conference: November 10-12, 2017

Conference Theme: Changing Paradigms in Technology, Trade and Development

(in partnership with Tata Trusts)

Hosted by: Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies (NCDS), Bhubaneswar

Themes for discussion:

I           Changing Nature of FDI

  • The declining share of the manufacturing sector in FDI flows.
  • Consequences of several Asian (host country) firms enjoying higher productivity levels compared to the US and European MNEs
  • The incidence of some FDI inflows being dominated by flows from tax heavens.
  • Outsourcing of different stages of product development like R&D, designs, fabrication of components and assembling of components to different firms in different countries.

II         Globalisation of R&D

  • Determinants of FDI in R&D

III        Changing Paradigms in Science and Technology

  • Organised by National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER)

IV        Trade

  • Intra-Firm Trade
  • Trade in Services

V        Development Strategies

  • Changing patterns of FDI, technology creation and development, location of R&D units, and trade in goods and services would influence development strategies of countries.
  • Adoption of an environmentally benign, inclusive and specific target oriented approach.

Conference Format

The conference will have an introductory session followed by Competitive Sessions. In the competitive sessions all the papers will be refereed before accepted for presentations.

Last date for submission of title of papers and abstracts May 30, 2017.

Last date for full paper submission July 30,2017

Send the abstracts and paper to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

N S Siddharthan and K Narayanan

 


 

CONFERENCES/SEMINARS HELD

Dates

Hosts

Themes

Outcome/Publications

December 3-5, 2016

IIT Madras

Globalisation of Technology and Development

 Book by Springer (Forthcoming)

March 18,2016

IIT Bombay

Creation and Diffusion of Technology

 

November27-28, 2015

NIAS Bangalore

Technology, Growth and Sustainability

Different Professional Journals

March 7, 2015

TISS Mumbai

Harnessing Technology for Challenging Inequality

Book by Springer

October,27-29, 2014

NIAS Bangalore

Technology: Corporate and Social Dimensions

Book by Springer and some papers in Journal of Industrial Statistics

October 25-27, 2013

IIT Bombay

Emerging Technologies and Development

Book by Springer

November 30 - 2,December, 2012

Symbiosis, Pune

Technology Intensity and Global Competitiveness

Special issue of Innovation and Development, Routledge

November 18-20, 2011

Goa University

Agglomeration, Technology Clusters and Networks

Special issue of Science, Technology and Society, Sage

July 15-16, 2011

Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai

Academic Ethics

Report in Current Science

November 11-12, 2010

IIT Bombay

Human Capital and Development

Book by Springer and some papers in Contributions to Indian Social Science

March 19 -21, 2010

Madras School of Economics

Frontier Issues in Technology, Development and Environment

Special issue of Science, Technology and Society, Sage

October 9-10, 2009

TISS Mumbai

Science, Technology and Economy: Emerging and Developed Countries

Different Professional Journals

October 17-18, 2008

ISID, Delhi

Globalisation of Knowledge Development and Delivery

Different Professional Journals

November 2-3, 2007

IIT Bombay

Globalisation of Chinese and Indian Enterprises

Book by Routledge

October 6-7, 2006

IHD and IIC, Delhi

Knowledge Based Industries, Employment and Global Competitiveness

Book by Routledge 



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