Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation,
Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

No 367: Knowledge, innovation and space

Charlie Karlsson (), Börje Johansson (), Kiyoshi Kobayashi () and Roger R. Stough ()
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Charlie Karlsson: CESIS, Jönköping International Business School
Börje Johansson: CESIS, Jönköping International Business School
Kiyoshi Kobayashi: Kyoto University
Roger R. Stough: George Mason University

Abstract: This paper provides an overview of relevant topics in contemporary research concerned with global, national, regional and local knowledge and innovation dynamics. In particular, we highlight how the global scene is changing in the contemporary world economy that we char-acterize as a knowledge economy. We show how knowledge and knowledge dynamics is driving innovation in the large urban agglomerations in the old and in new industrialized countries with their concentrations of abilities and resources and their superior intra-regional and international geographical proximities. In relation to the large urban agglomerations we stress the role of (i) density and proximity externalities, (ii) the physical and cultural resource base of large cities, and (iii) the interactive dynamics related to learning and creativity.

Keywords: Knowledge; innovation; space; agglomeration; proximity; learning; creativity; social networks

JEL-codes: F60; O30; R11

17 pages, June 11, 2014

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