How do firms acquire knowledge in different sectoral and regional contexts?

Franz Tödtling, Michaela Trippl

Publikation: Working/Discussion PaperWorking Paper/Preprint


This chapter provides a review and discussion of recent conceptual and empirical contributions on the nature and geography of firm´s 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.
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1 Sept. 2015


ReiheCIRCLE Papers in Innovation Studies, Lund University

Österreichische Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige (ÖFOS)

  • 502047 Volkswirtschaftstheorie
  • 502014 Innovationsforschung
  • 507016 Regionalökonomie
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