The Regional Dimension of Knowledge Transfers - A Behavioral Approach
AbstractInnovations are inherently connected to knowledge transfers. The need of face-to-face contacts to transfer tacit knowledge is commonly argued to cause a regional dimension of innovative activities. The paper presents an alternative explanation based on a model of boundedly rational actors who search for knowledge. It is shown that a regional dimension exists in these processes that results from a regional bias in an actorâ€™s search activities. Social embeddedness, a shared regional identity and limited spatial mobility foster this bias. We argue that insights from research on these topics can help to define the geographic size of a region.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography in its series Papers on Economics and Evolution with number 2006-12.
Date of creation: Sep 2006
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Regional Economics; Innovation; Knowledge Transfers; Tacit Knowledge; Bounded Rationality Length 31 pages;
Other versions of this item:
- Tom Broekel & Martin Binder, 2007. "The Regional Dimension of Knowledge Transfers—A Behavioral Approach," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(2), pages 151-175.
- B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Institutional; Evolutionary
- D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search, Learning, and Information
- O31 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
- R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
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- NEP-INO-2006-09-30 (Innovation)
- NEP-KNM-2006-09-30 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
- NEP-PKE-2006-09-30 (Post Keynesian Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2006-09-30 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
- NEP-URE-2006-09-30 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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