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Spatial and Non-spatial Proximities in Inter-firm Relations: An Empirical Analysis

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  • Anne Aguiléra
  • Virginie Lethiais
  • Alain Rallet
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    This article describes a variety of combinations with regard to proximities (spatial and non-spatial) in inter-firm relations, and identifies their main determinants. The data employed come from a survey of more than 1,400 small and medium-sized firms in the Brittany region (France), which describe the relationship with their principal partner. Apart from spatial distance between partners, three forms of non-spatial proximity are identified—cognitive, technological and organizational—which are assessed in terms of their role in the relations. A typology of the relationships based on forms of proximity identifies a wide variety of configurations, which depend primarily on the nature of the relationship, and especially on the need for coordination.

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

    Volume (Year): 19 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 (April)
    Pages: 187-202

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:indinn:v:19:y:2012:i:3:p:187-202

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