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The spatial organisation of innovation: open innovation, external knowledge relations and urban structure

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Teirlinck, Peter; Spithoven, André

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Abstract The increased use of external knowledge relations, complementary to in-house R&D, influences the way firms are organised to manage innovation. The 'new' imperative of open innovation promotes the idea that firms organise innovation, to a greater extent, in interaction with outside parties. This paper argues that both the organisation of innovation as well as the use of external knowledge depends on the physical, socio-economic and cultural environment. The outcome of the analysis supports the idea that (open) innovation is spatially organised. Contrary to the expectations, innovative firms in less urbanised areas show a higher degree of openness.
Classification Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technology; Economic and Social Geography; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 689-704
Journal Regional Studies, 42 (2008) 5
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)