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Who are the brokers of knowledge in regional systems of innovation? A multi-actor network analysis

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  • Martina Kauffeld-Monz

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    (Institute for Urban Science and Structural Policy (IfS Berlin), Germany.)

  • Michael Fritsch

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    (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW-Berlin), and Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany.)

Abstract

The discussion on regional innovation systems emphasizes the duality of local and global links. While the former enable effective knowledge exchange between regional actors, the latter are considered to provide regional systems with knowledge diverse to their knowledge base. Our empirical analysis of 18 German regional innovation networks highlights the importance of public research organizations for inter-regional knowledge exchange. The broker and gatekeeper function of public research organizations may be particularly important in lagging regions that typically suffer from a lack of large firms who often assume the role of "gatekeepers of knowledge".

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2008-089.

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Date of creation: 24 2008
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Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2008-089

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Keywords: Regional systems of innovation; innovation networks; knowledge broker; gatekeeper;

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  1. Carlo Gianelle, 2011. "Exploring the complex structure of labour mobility networks. Evidence from Veneto microdata," Working Papers 2011_13, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
  2. Martina Fromhold-Eisebith & Claudia Werker, 2013. "Universities’ functions in knowledge transfer: a geographical perspective," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, Springer, vol. 51(3), pages 621-643, December.

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