IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/sae/envira/v47y2015i3p744-761.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Geography of Knowledge Sourcing, Search Breadth and Depth Patterns, and Innovative Performance: A Firm Heterogeneity Perspective

Author

Listed:
  • Cassandra C Wang

    (Department of Earth Sciences, Zhejiang University, 38 Zheda Road, Hangzhou 310027, China)

Abstract

The geography of knowledge sourcing has attracted much attention as firms increasingly rely on external knowledge to accelerate innovation. However, the existing literature has been silent about the way in which firms utilize external knowledge and has largely neglected firm heterogeneity in geographical knowledge sourcing. This paper established a geographical search model by combining geographical scales of knowledge sourcing with firm-level knowledge search strategies to investigate the differentiated knowledge search patterns and innovation dynamics between technological leaders and laggards with survey data from Zhejiang, one of the leading provinces in China. It is found that, while a broad search of local knowledge contributes to product innovation by technological laggards, it exerts no significant influence on technological leaders whose innovation depends more upon a nonlocal variety of knowledge sources. The findings highlight the uneven and selective knowledge flows within a cluster and question the importance of localized strong ties in innovation.

Suggested Citation

  • Cassandra C Wang, 2015. "Geography of Knowledge Sourcing, Search Breadth and Depth Patterns, and Innovative Performance: A Firm Heterogeneity Perspective," Environment and Planning A, , vol. 47(3), pages 744-761, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:envira:v:47:y:2015:i:3:p:744-761
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://epn.sagepub.com/content/47/3/744.abstract
    Download Restriction: no

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. Gölgeci, Ismail & Ferraris, Alberto & Arslan, Ahmad & Tarba, Shlomo Y., 2019. "European MNE subsidiaries' embeddedness and innovation performance: Moderating role of external search depth and breadth," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 102(C), pages 97-108.
    2. Loris Servillo & Rob Atkinson & Abdelillah Hamdouch & Aiqi Wu & Cassandra C. Wang, 2017. "Knowledge Search Pattern and Product Innovation of Firms in Low and High-Technology Industrial Clusters: A Knowledge Relatedness Perspective," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 108(4), pages 488-502, September.
    3. Xiyao Xiang & Wei-Chiao Huang, 2019. "Does Distance Affect the Role of Nonlocal Subsidiaries on Cluster Firms’ Innovation? An Empirical Investigation on Chinese Biotechnology Cluster Firms," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(23), pages 1-18, November.

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:sae:envira:v:47:y:2015:i:3:p:744-761. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (SAGE Publications). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.