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Shaping the formation of university--industry research collaborations: what type of proximity does really matter?

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  • Pablo D'Este
  • Frederick Guy
  • Simona Iammarino

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Research collaborations between universities and industry (U-I) are considered to be one important channel of potential localised knowledge spillovers. These collaborations favour both intended and unintended flows of knowledge and facilitate learning processes between partners from different organisations. Despite the copious literature on localised knowledge spillovers, still little is known about the factors driving the formation of U-I research collaborations and, in particular, about the role that geographical proximity plays in the establishment of such relationships. Using collaborative research grants between universities and business firms awarded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), in this paper we disentangle some of the conditions under which different kinds of proximity contribute to the formation of U-I research collaborations, focussing in particular on technological complementarity among the firms participating in such partnerships.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Journal of Economic Geography.

Volume (Year): 13 (2013)
Issue (Month): 4 (July)
Pages: 537-558

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Handle: RePEc:oup:jecgeo:v:13:y:2013:i:4:p:537-558

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  1. Crescenzi, Riccardo & Nathan, Max & Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés, 2013. "Do Inventors Talk to Strangers? On Proximity and Collaborative Knowledge Creation," IZA Discussion Papers 7797, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Alberto Marzucchi & Davide Antonioli & Sandro Montresor, 2012. "Research cooperation within and across regional boundaries. Does innovation policy add anything?," JRC-IPTS Working Papers JRC76320, Institute for Prospective and Technological Studies, Joint Research Centre, revised Nov 2012.
  3. Guimón, José & Salazar, Juan Carlos, 2014. "Collaboration in innovation between foreign subsidiaries and local universities: evidence from Spain," CIRCLE Electronic Working Papers 2014/5, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
  4. Rune Fitjar & Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, 2013. "The geographical dimension of innovation collaboration: Collaboration and innovation in Norway," ERSA conference papers ersa13p878, European Regional Science Association.
  5. Riccardo Crescenzi & Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, 2012. "An 'integrated' framework for the comparative analysis of the territorial innovation dynamics of developed and emerging countries," Working Papers 2012-02, Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Ciencias Sociales.
  6. Weeranan Kamnungwut & Frederick Guy, 2011. "Knowledge in the air and cooperation between firms: Traditions of secrecy and the reluctant emergence of specialization in the ceramic manufacturing district of Lampang, Thailand," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1108, Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography, revised May 2011.
  7. Roberto Antonietti & Maria Rosaria Ferrante & Riccardo Leoncini, 2014. "Trust your neighbour. Industrial relatedness, social capital and outsourcing," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1403, Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography, revised Jan 2014.
  8. Riccardo Crescenzi, 2014. "The evolving dialogue between Innovation and Economic Geography. From physical distance to non-spatial proximities and 'integrated' frameworks," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1408, Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography, revised Mar 2014.

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