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Geographies of Knowledge Formation in Firms

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  • Ash Amin
  • Patrick Cohendet
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    This paper focuses on the spatial dimension of learning in firms. It works with important new insights in economic geography that stress the role of spatial proximity and territorial embeddedness in the process of knowledge formation, but it also seeks to go beyond them by recognizing learning based on relations at a distance. The paper defines space as a network of both contiguous and non-contiguous relations of varying length, shape and duration, where knowing can involve all manner of spatial mobilizations, including placements of task teams in neutral spaces, face-to-face encounters, global networks held together by travel and virtual communications, flows of ideas and information through the supply chain, and trans-corporate thought experiments and symbolic rituals.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Industry and Innovation.

    Volume (Year): 12 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 465-486

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:indinn:v:12:y:2005:i:4:p:465-486

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    Keywords: communities; competencies; spatial knowledge; situated practices;

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    1. Hautala, Johanna & Jauhiainen, Jussi S., 2014. "Spatio-temporal processes of knowledge creation," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 43(4), pages 655-668.
    2. Anna Butzin & Brigitta Widmaier, 2012. "The Study of Time-Space Dynamics of Knowledge with Innovation Biographies," Working Papers on Innovation and Space 2012-07, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
    3. Juan Ramón Gallego Bono, 2009. "La articulación local-global de sistemas territoriales de producción y de innovación," Revista de Estudios Regionales, Universidades Públicas de Andalucía, vol. 1, pages 53-82.
    4. Chaminade, Cristina & Vang, Jan, 2008. "Globalisation of Knowledge Production and Regional Innovation Policy: Supporting Specialized Hubs in the Bangalore Software Industry," CIRCLE Electronic Working Papers 2008/20, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
    5. Pedro Monteiro & Teresa de Noronha & Paulo Neto, 2013. "A Differentiation Framework for Maritime Clusters: Comparisons across Europe," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 5(9), pages 4076-4105, September.
    6. Chaminade, Cristina, 2012. "Exploring the role of regional innovation systems and institutions in global innovation networks," CIRCLE Electronic Working Papers 2011/15, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
    7. Rachel Bocquet & Sébastien Brion & Caroline Mothe, 2013. "Gouvernance et innovation au sein des technopôles : le cas de Savoie Technolac," Post-Print hal-00915161, HAL.
    8. Nilsson, Magnus & Mattes, Jannika, 2013. "The spatiality of trust – Antecedents of trust and the role of face-to-face contacts," CIRCLE Electronic Working Papers 2013/16, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
    9. Marco Bellandi, 2009. "Regions, Nations and Beyond In Marshallian External Economies," Working Papers - Economics wp2009_13.rdf, Universita' degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Scienze per l'Economia e l'Impresa.

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