Knowledge bases, innovation and multi-scalar relationships - Which kind of territorial boundedness of industrial clusters?

Franz Tödtling, Alexander Auer

Publikation: Beitrag in Buch/KonferenzbandBeitrag in Sammelwerk

Abstract

Innovation is nowadays a highly interdependent process where firms rely on distributed knowledge sources at various spatial scales. It has been argued that innovation interactions are shifting increasingly from local/regional towards global scales and that the region as a space for supporting innovation and competitive-ness of firms is losing in importance. We suggest, however, that firms and
clusters rely on various kinds of knowledge bases and factors for their development that differ in their geographical mobility and territorial boundedness. Whereas codified knowledge as well as many kinds of goods and services, investment capital, and people have become mobile at a global scale due to improvements of transport- and communication technologies and a lowering of trade barriers, we find other factors that are still territorially bound, such as tacit knowledge that is exchanged in local and social networks, and certain kinds institutions and regulations that are territorially confined. We investigate therefore for different types of industries to what extent and which kind of driving factors for cluster development and innovation have become non-local or footlose, or remain territorially bound to regions or countries. This also has relevance for regional and innovation policies that try to enhance the competitiveness of clusters and regional economies.
OriginalspracheEnglisch
Titel des SammelwerksThe Globalization of Regional Clusters: Between Localization and Internationalization
Herausgeber*innen Fornahl, Dirk und Grashof, Nils
ErscheinungsortCheltenham
VerlagEdward Elgar
Seiten1 - 25
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2021

Österreichische Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige (ÖFOS)

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  • 502039 Strukturpolitik
  • 502014 Innovationsforschung
  • 507011 Raumforschung
  • 507014 Regionalentwicklung
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  • 507016 Regionalökonomie

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