Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University
Sverre J. Herstad
Imitate, or innovate and collaborate? On innovation strategy choices in the urban economy
Abstract: This paper explores how the innovation strategies of firms
reflect the density, diversity and connectivity of their urban locations.
Firms located outside the four large-city regions of Norway are generally
more committed to development work than are their urban counterparts.
Still, once engaged, firms in certain large-city locations exhibit unique
preferences towards geographically dispersed collaboration that are most
pronounced within the Western business district of the Capital. This shows
that firm-level decisions along interconnected activity dimensions must be
considered in order for different strategy choices, and the
interdependencies between them that are an essential feature of urban
economies, are to be revealed. The study provides new insights into the
large-city region knowledge dynamics that are increasingly important to
human capital formation, employment and growth.
Keywords: urbanization; innovation; collaboration; knowledge dynamics; Norway; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: O31; O33; R11; (follow links to similar papers)
38 pages, February 15, 2015
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