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

Franz Tödtling, Michaela Trippl

Publication: 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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2015

Publication series

SeriesCIRCLE Papers in Innovation Studies, Lund University

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 502047 Economic theory
  • 502014 Innovation research
  • 507016 Regional economy
  • 509

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