() and Nunzia Carbonara
Sam Tavassoli: CSIR, Blekinge Inst of Technology, Postal: CSIR, School of Management, Blekinge Inst of Technology, 371 79 Karlskrona, Sweden
Nunzia Carbonara: CSIR, Blekinge Inst of Technology, Postal: Department of Mechanical and Management Engineering , Politecnico di Bari , Viale Japigia 182 – 70126 Bari, Italy
Abstract: This paper analyses the effect of variety and intensity of knowledge on the innovative capability of regions. Employing data for Swedish functional regions, the paper tests the role of the variety (related and unrelated) and intensity of (i) internal knowledge generated within the region and also (ii) external knowledge networks flowing into the region in explaining regional innovative capability, as measured by patent applications. The empirical analysis provides robust evidence that both the variety and intensity of internal and external knowledge matter for regions’ innovative capability. When it comes to variety, related knowledge variety plays a superior role.
29 pages, December 3, 2013
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