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A systemic view on knowledge-based development metrics


  • Mirko Titze
  • Michael Schwartz
  • Matthias Brachert


Drawing on the systems perspective of innovation processes, this article proposes a conceptual approach for a comprehensive analysis of regional knowledge generation and transfer. Instead of focusing on one single indicator, the approach emphasises the importance to take multiple channels of knowledge transfer into account. This provides valuable insights into the spatial structure of innovation processes on different levels. We disentangle the innovation process and consider four different layers: 1) publications in peer-reviewed journals; 2) patent applications; 3) formal R%D collaboration projects; 4) localised input-output relations. Further, we demonstrate the relevance of the 'multi-layer approach' by applying it empirically to a specific regional innovation system: The Free State of Saxony - a federal state in Germany. We argue that the approach could be a valuable tool to inform policy makers about knowledge-based regional development strategies.

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  • Mirko Titze & Michael Schwartz & Matthias Brachert, 2012. "A systemic view on knowledge-based development metrics," International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 3(1), pages 35-57.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijkbde:v:3:y:2012:i:1:p:35-57

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    1. Mirko Titze & Matthias Brachert & Alexander Kubis, 2014. "Actors and Interactions—Identifying the Role of Industrial Clusters for Regional Production and Knowledge Generation Activities," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 45(2), pages 163-190, June.
    2. Fritsch, Michael & Titze, Mirko & Piontek, Matthias, 2020. "Identifying cooperation for innovation―a comparison of data sources," EconStor Open Access Articles, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, pages 630-659.
    3. Michael Fritsch & Mirko Titze & Matthias Piontek, 2018. "Knowledge Interactions in Regional Innovation Networks: Comparing Data Sources," Jena Economic Research Papers 2018-003, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
    4. Tan Yigitcanlar & Ingi Runar Edvardsson & Hjalti Johannesson & Md Kamruzzaman & Giuseppe Ioppolo & Surabhi Pancholi, 2017. "Knowledge-based development dynamics in less favoured regions: insights from Australian and Icelandic university towns," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(12), pages 2272-2292, December.


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