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Gatekeepers of Knowledge versus Platforms of Knowledge: from potential to ealized absorptive capacity

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Longhi, Christian; Thomas, Catherine; Lazaric, Nathalie

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Abstract The development of clusters rests through geographical proximity, cognitive interactions as well as entrepreneurial initiatives. Sophia-Antipolis, a multi-technology cluster, is a good illustration of the type of challenges local systems of innovation face in creating positive knowledge externalities. This paper shows that if the existence of 'gatekeepers of knowledge' can generate the potential implementation of 'absorptive capacity', its effective realization requires some additional effort regarding the transfer of knowledge into the cluster. The concept of 'platform of knowledge' defined shows how a project of knowledge codification could generate externalities by creating new opportunities for effectively combining and absorbing knowledge.
Classification Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technology; Economic and Social Geography
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 837-852
Journal Regional Studies, 42 (2008) 6
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)