Quotation Tödtling, Franz, Trippl, Michaela. 2016. How do firms acquire knowledge in different sectoral and regional contexts? In: Handbook of Geography of Innovation, Hrsg. Carrincazeaux, Ch., D. Doloreux and R. Shearmur, 142-154. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.




This chapter provides a review and discussion of recent conceptual and empirical contributions on the nature and geography of firms’ knowledge acquisition activities. We offer a systematic conceptual view on the pattern on knowledge sourcing, bringing into focus and combining the notions of industrial knowledge bases (sectoral contexts), which are supposed to vary considerably with respect to the transferability of their key knowledge types and regional innovation systems (regional contexts), which are supposed to differ substantially in terms of the availability of knowledge sources. The empirical part of the chapter draws on cases from Austria, Finland, Germany and Sweden and provides an analysis and comparison of knowledge sourcing activities in analytical, synthetic and symbolic industrial sectors in metropolitan, specialised industrial and peripheral regional contexts.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title How do firms acquire knowledge in different sectoral and regional contexts?
Title of whole publication Handbook of Geography of Innovation
Editor Carrincazeaux, Ch., D. Doloreux and R. Shearmur
Page from 142
Page to 154
Location Cheltenham
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Year 2016
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Tödtling, Franz (Details)
Trippl, Michaela (CIRCLE, University of Lund, Sweden)
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5329 Economics of location (Details)
5331 Structural policy (Details)
5350 Innovation research (Details)
5606 Spatial research (Details)
5608 Regional development planning (Details)
5611 Urban and regional analysis (Details)
5618 Regional economy (Details)
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