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 426: Strategic Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Spillovers: Spatial and Aspatial Perspectives

Sam Tavassoli (), Lars Bengtsson () and Charlie Karlsson ()
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Sam Tavassoli: Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University, Postal: PO Box 117, , 221 00 Lund, , Sweden
Lars Bengtsson: Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Management and Logistics, Lund University, Postal: PO Box 118, , 221 00 Lund, , Sweden
Charlie Karlsson: Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies (CESIS), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), & Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Postal: SE-100 44 Stockholm,, Sweden

Abstract: The literature in the Strategic Entrepreneurship (SE) is increasingly embracing the concept and implication of knowledge spillovers. In this paper, we add to the theoretical literature on SE and knowledge spillovers by investigating the different types of knowledge spill-overs and what they imply for various dimensions of SE. On the one hand, we distinguish between spatial and aspatial knowledge spillovers. On the other hand, we distinguish be-tween various dimensions of SE, i.e. inputs, resource orchestration, and output. Finally, we conceptually link the various types of knowledge spillovers and dimensions of SE and dis-cuss the implications. Doing so, we argue that spatial knowledge spillovers (inter-firm) play the major role in increasing the amount of ‘inputs’ dimension of SE, while the aspatial knowledge (either inter-regional or intra-firm) play the major role not only for ‘inputs’, but also for ‘resource orchestration’ dimension. At the end, the paper provides suggestions for future research.

Keywords: Strategic entrepreneurship; knowledge spillovers; spatial; aspatial

JEL-codes: D23; D83; L10; L26; R10

18 pages, January 14, 2016

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