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Geographic proximity and university–industry interaction: the case of Mexico

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  • Claudia Fuentes

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    (Saint Mary’s University)

  • Gabriela Dutrénit

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    (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Foro Consultivo Científico y Tecnológico)

Abstract This paper analyses whether geographic proximity favours specific channels of university–industry interaction when firms collaborate with universities and with government research centres. Our study also provides insights regarding the relationship between the associated channel and the role of firms’ absorptive capacities. Our results show that firms with higher levels of absorptive capacities tend to interact more independently of their location. Additionally, interaction with non-local universities generally includes the transfer of codified forms of knowledge, while links with local universities includes more tacit forms of knowledge. Policy implications derived from this analysis focus on fostering interaction at local and non-local levels.

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Volume (Year): 41 (2016)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 329-348

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DOI: 10.1007/s10961-014-9364-9
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