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Non-technological innovation and multi-local territorial knowledge dynamics in the Swiss watch industry

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Over the last few decades, territorial approaches have generally tried to explain how regions have specialised their production systems around specific path dependencies and technological innovation; how their specialisation enabled them to compete locally in the global market. Some socio-economic changes and recent theories have addressed new theoretical questions regarding new dynamics of knowledge, new territorial relations and new types of innovation. The case of the Swiss watch industry is used here to illustrate different aspects of this new approach. We propose to look at the present Swiss watch industry as a complex system of production-consummation of authenticity where non-technological innovations have become critical. We also explain the importance of combinatorial knowledge dynamics as well as diffusion and legitimisation processes. Finally, we propose analysing the region within complex multi-local knowledge dynamics, rather than considering it as a specialised local system in a global market.

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Paper provided by GRET Group of Research in Territorial Economy, University of Neuchâtel in its series GRET Publications and Working Papers with number 01-11.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2011
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Publication status: Published in International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, January 2011, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 26-44.
Handle: RePEc:nct:wpaper:01-11

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Keywords: non-technological innovation; NTI; territorial knowledge dynamics; TKDs; technological trajectories; territorial innovation models; TIMs; authenticity; watch industry; Switzerland;

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  1. Dominique Foray, 2006. "The Economics of Knowledge," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262562235, December.
  2. Antonelli, Cristiano, 2005. "Models Of Knowledge And Systems Of Governance," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis LEI & BRICK - Laboratory of Economics of Innovation "Franco Momigliano", Bureau of Research in Innovation, Complexity and Knowledge, Collegio 200501, University of Turin.
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  1. Hugues Jeannerat & Leila Kebir, 2012. "Mobility of Knowledge. Knowledge resources and markets: What territorial economic systems ?," GRET Publications and Working Papers, GRET Group of Research in Territorial Economy, University of Neuchâtel 02-12, GRET Group of Research in Territorial Economy, University of Neuchâtel.
  2. Hugues Jeannerat, 2013. "Staging experience, valuing authenticity: Towards a market perspective on territorial development," GRET Publications and Working Papers, GRET Group of Research in Territorial Economy, University of Neuchâtel 05-13, GRET Group of Research in Territorial Economy, University of Neuchâtel.
  3. Donzé, Pierre-Yves, 2011. "The comeback of the Swiss watch industry on the world market: a business history of the Swatch Group (1983-2010)," MPRA Paper 30736, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Pierre-Yves DONZ�, 2011. "The Comeback of the Swiss Watch Industry on the World Market: A Business History of the Swatch Group (1983-2010)," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 11-14, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).

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