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Aviation, Space or Aerospace? Exploring the knowledge networks of two industries in den Netherlands

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  • Tom Broekel

    (Section of Economic Geography, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University)

  • Ron Boschma

    (Section of Economic Geography, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University)

Abstract

Little effort has been made to identify industries’ knowledge networks, and to what extent knowledge relations occur between actors in different industries. This paper presents a network study on the Dutch aviation and space industry. Both industries are often treated as similar and categorized as aerospace accordingly, although they tend to rely on different knowledge bases. Our study shows that the structure of the knowledge networks differs between the two industries, and few knowledge linkages have been established between the two. Our findings also suggest that the gap between the two industries’ knowledge networks is more pronounced for market knowledge than for technological knowledge. Non-profit organizations do seem to bridge the knowledge networks of the two industries.

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Paper provided by Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography in its series Working Papers on Innovation and Space with number 2010-05.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:pum:wpaper:2010-05

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Keywords: aerospace industry; knowledge base; knowledge network; bridging organization;

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  1. Roman Martin, 2012. "Measuring Knowledge Bases in Swedish Regions," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(9), pages 1569-1582, September.
  2. Tom Broekel & Holger Graf, 2010. "Structural properties of cooperation networks in Germany: From basic to applied research," Jena Economic Research Papers 2010-078, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.

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