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When Does Co-location of Manufacturing and R&D Matter?

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  • Ketokivi, Mikko

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While both manufacturing and R&D location decisions have received considerable theoretical and empirical attention from economists and organization scientists, theories and evidence regarding the co-location of the two are scarce. The goal of this article is to lay the theoretical foundation for R&D-manufacturing co-location. Theories of functional integration along with qualitative and preliminary quantitative empirical data are used to examine the question : when is co-location of R&D and manufacturing necessary?

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Paper provided by The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy in its series Discussion Papers with number 1051.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:rif:dpaper:1051

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Keywords: location decisions; co-location; functional integration; organization theory;

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  1. Juan Alcacer & Mercedes Delgado, 2012. "Spatial Organization of Firms: Internal and External Agglomeration Economies and Location Choices Through the Value Chain," Working Papers 12-33, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.

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