|dc.description.abstract||This volume contains all the papers presented at the intemational conference The
Knowledge Industries: Lévers of Economic and Social Development in the 1990s held at the lnter-University Centre for Postgraduate Studies in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, from 29 May to 3 ]une, 1989. lt was organised by the lnstitute for lnformation Sciences in Zagreb and the Department of Information Science, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.
This was not the first conference organised jointly by the host institutions, but it was the first to place information, knowledge and intelligence in the wider context of a nation's socio-economic development. Although the concepts of 'social intelligence' and
'knowledge industries' are relatively new, the underpinning notions and practices are not.
However, despite the novelty of the theme, the participants included few of the key decision makers, whose presence would have been beneficial for Yugoslav development
planning in these difficult times. Nevertheless, the conference generated such interest and
support, both at home and abroad, that the 1990 theme will be Social lntelligence as a Means of Bridging the Development Gap.
The organisers want to thank the representa ti ves of the British Council and the Goethe
lnstitute in Yugoslavia, as well as the relevant Yugoslav authorities, for funding the event.||es_CL