Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Papers in Innovation Studies,
Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy

No 2015/31: The Geography and Structure of Global Innovation Networks: Global Scope and Regional Embeddedness

Cristina Chaminade (), Claudia De Fuentes (), Gouya Harirchi () and Monica Plechero ()
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Cristina Chaminade: CIRCLE, Lund University and INGENIO, CSIC, Spain
Claudia De Fuentes: Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Canada
Gouya Harirchi: DEAMS, University of Trieste, Italy
Monica Plechero: DEAMS – University of Trieste, Italy & CIRCLE, Lund University

Abstract: The increasing de-localization of innovation activities to and from emerging economies has triggered a growing interest among scholars of diverse disciplines in understanding the drivers and consequences of the increased globalization of innovation activities; In doing so, a variety of concepts have been used, from global value chain to global production networks and global innovation networks. The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of what we know about the structure and the geography of these global innovation networks, by looking, in particular, at the geographic concepts that underpin current work on global innovation networks as well as the spatial implications of the increased globalization of innovation activities.

Keywords: global innovation networks; regional embeddedness; network structure; network geography

JEL-codes: O19; O33; R11

21 pages, September 8, 2015

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