Knowledge Flows Through Social Networks in a Cluster Interfirm versus University-Industry Contacts
AbstractKnowledge spillovers from a university to the local industry play an important role in clusters, but we know little about these spillovers. This paper examines empirically the extent of university-industry informal contacts. Furthermore, it analyses the characteristics of an engineer that acquire knowledge from informal contacts with university researchers. The university-industry contacts are compared with results for interfirm contacts. The research shows that the interfirm informal contacts are more numerous than university informal contacts. Likewise, knowledge is more frequently acquired from other firms than through university-industry contacts. Engineers that have participated in formal projects with university researchers and engineers that are educated at the university have a higher likelihood of acquiring knowledge from informal contacts with university researchers.
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Knowledge flows; informal contacts;
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- D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search, Learning, and Information
- O32 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
- I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education and Research Institutions
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- NEP-ALL-2007-10-20 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2007-10-20 (Education)
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- NEP-INO-2007-10-20 (Innovation)
- NEP-IPR-2007-10-20 (Intellectual Property Rights)
- NEP-KNM-2007-10-20 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
- NEP-NET-2007-10-20 (Network Economics)
- NEP-PPM-2007-10-20 (Project, Program & Portfolio Management)
- NEP-SOC-2007-10-20 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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