Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Blekinge Institute of Technology, Department of Industrial Economics

No 2012/10: The Role of Knowledge Heterogeneity on the Innovative Capability of Industrial Districts

Nunzia Carbonara () and Sam Tavassoli ()
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Nunzia Carbonara: CSIR, Blekinge Inst of Technology, Postal: Department of Mechanical and Management Engineering , Politecnico di Bari , Viale Japigia 182 – 70126 Bari , Italy
Sam Tavassoli: CSIR, Blekinge Inst of Technology, Postal: CSIR, School of Management, Blekinge Inst of Technology, 371 79 Karlskrona, Sweden

Abstract: This paper seeks to contribute to the ongoing debate concerning the role of heterogeneity for the innovative capability of industrial districts. With this aim, using a knowledge-based approach, the paper focuses on different sources of industrial district knowledge heterogeneity and studies how the different level of heterogeneity affects the innovative capability of industrial districts. Four theoretical hypotheses concerning the effects of knowledge and knowledge heterogeneity on the Industrial District innovativeness are formulated. To test the hypotheses, an econometric analysis on 32 Italian District Provinces is applied. Empirical results show that knowledge heterogeneity matter for increasing the innovative capability of industrial districts.

Keywords: Industrial district; innovative capability; knowledge heterogeneity

JEL-codes: F14; O32; R12

34 pages, December 2, 2013

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