Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University
How do firms acquire knowledge in different sectoral and regional contexts?
() and Michaela Trippl
Abstract: This chapter provides a review and discussion of recent
conceptual and empirical contributions on the nature and geography of
firms’ knowledge acquisition activities. We offer a systematic conceptual
view on the pattern on knowledge sourcing, bringing into focus and
combining the notions of industrial knowledge bases (sectoral contexts),
which are supposed to vary considerably with respect to the transferability
of their key knowledge types and regional innovation systems (regional
contexts), which are supposed to differ substantially in terms of the
availability of knowledge sources. The empirical part of the chapter draws
on cases from Austria, Finland, Germany and Sweden and provides an analysis
and comparison of knowledge sourcing activities in analytical, synthetic
and symbolic industrial sectors in metropolitan, specialised industrial and
peripheral regional contexts.
Keywords: knowledge sourcing activities; industrial knowledge bases; regional innovation systems; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D83; O30; R10; (follow links to similar papers)
14 pages, July 27, 2015
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