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CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University

No 2013/21:
On the link between urban location and the involvement of knowledge intensive business services firms in collaboration networks

Sverre J. Herstad () and Bernd Ebersberger ()

Abstract: Knowledge intensive business services firms can play a key role in modern economies by linking localized collaboration networks to global knowledge flows, and by actively serving in support of knowledge diffusion across institutional and sectoral divides. The extent to which they do is dependent on the markets, partners and human resources available locally. This paper uses the unique establishment-level innovation data available in Norway to investigate whether location in urban labour market regions influences the geographical scope of collaborative linkages maintained within and outside the realm of clients. It proceeds to consider whether the diversity of partner types used locally, domestically and abroad differ between locations.

Keywords: knowledge intensive business services; urban economies; collaboration; internationalization; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: L80; O31; R11; (follow links to similar papers)

25 pages, June 17, 2013

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