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The Role of Knowledge Variety and Intensity for Regional Innovative Capability

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  • Tavassoli, Sam

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    (Industrial Economics, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden and CIRCLE, Lund University, Sweden)

  • Carbonara , Nunzia

    ()
    (Dept of Mechanical and Management Engineering, Politecnico di Bari, Italy)

Abstract

This paper analyses the effect of variety and intensity of knowledge on the innovative capability of regions. Employing data for Swedish functional regions, the paper tests the role of the variety (related and unrelated) and intensity of (i) internal knowledge generated within the region and also (ii) external knowledge networks flowing into the region in explaining regional innovative capability, as measured by patent applications. The empirical analysis provides robust evidence that both the variety and intensity of internal and external knowledge matter for regions’ innovative capability. When it comes to variety, related knowledge variety plays a superior role

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Paper provided by Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy in its series CIRCLE Electronic Working Papers with number 2013/34.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 18 Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:lucirc:2013_034

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Keywords: Knowledge intensity; Knowledge variety; Related variety; Unrelated variety; Internal knowledge; External knowledge; Patent applications; Functional regions;

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