Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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

No 2016/8: Strategic Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Spillovers: Spatial and Aspatial Perspectives

Sam Tavassoli (), Lars Bengtsson () and Charlie Karlsson ()
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Sam Tavassoli: CIRCLE, Lund University
Lars Bengtsson: Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Management and Logistics, Lund University
Charlie Karlsson: Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies (CESIS), KTH, Stockholm; Jönköping International Business School & Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, 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 types of knowledge spillovers 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 between 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 discuss 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 ‘rresource orchestration’ dimension. At the end, the paper provides suggestions for future research and managerial implications.

Keywords: Strategic entrepreneurship; knowledge spillovers; spatial; aspatial

JEL-codes: L26; O31; R23

22 pages, March 17, 2016

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