Malaysia's multimedia super corridor cluster: communication linkages among stakeholders in a national system of innovation

Avvari V. Mohan, Aliza Akmar Omar, Kamarulzama Ab Aziz

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As the wave of globalization washes over geographical boundaries, the world steps into the era of a new knowledge-based economy with governments striving to encourage innovation in industry especially through national systems of innovation. A national system of innovation (NSI) is considered important because how a nation utilizes and exploits its NSI will determine whether it can compete and ride the wave of globalization or be carried by it and thrashed onto the shores of the new economy. This paper seeks to highlight the linkages developed for enabling communication among the various NSI stakeholders for achieving goals in one such effort, viz. the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) cluster of Malaysia. The MSC offers a vision to create a global multimedia climate through an integrated environment of interlinked elements and attributes. The government of Malaysia, realising the significance of the NSI as a way to better utilize, exploit, and enhance systems, is making efforts to this effect. The efforts include bringing together various stakeholder organizations under the "Multimedia Flagship Applications" to develop flagship applications. This is for the development of information technology applications to pave the way toward a knowledge-based economy. The MSC Cluster is presented here as a physical manifestation of the NSI, and it gives an idea as to how policy makers can design linkages for communication among the various stakeholders to further national innovative performance and competitiveness in general.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-275
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Professional Communication
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Interactive networks
  • Knowledge economy
  • Knowledge society
  • Malaysia
  • Multimedia super corridor (MSC)
  • National system of innovation (NSI)
  • Organizational communication
  • Transition
  • Vision 2020

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