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Industrial Knowledge Bases as Drivers of Open Innovation?

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  • Heidi Wiig Aslesen
  • Mark Freel

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The article presents an analysis of a large-scale survey with the aim of understanding differences in the open, interactive and distributed nature of external innovation relations amongst firms belonging to different industrial knowledge bases. The thesis is that the source of critical innovation relevant knowledge differs between industrial knowledge bases, making the character and the need of openness contingent on these specificities. Accordingly, we anticipate that we will observe systematic variations in how industries access and combine innovation-related external knowledge. In our analyses we attempt to address a gap in the literature by examining how industrial knowledge bases affect the recombination of knowledge by analysing the different extents, forms (formal and informal) and geography of inbound open innovation. The article illustrates that features and structures of inbound open innovation align, to a large extent, with the industries' knowledge bases and that there is a interplay between an industry's knowledge base, the internal organisation of innovation processes and the channels and geography of inbound open innovation.

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  • Heidi Wiig Aslesen & Mark Freel, 2012. "Industrial Knowledge Bases as Drivers of Open Innovation?," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(7), pages 563-584, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:indinn:v:19:y:2012:i:7:p:563-584
    DOI: 10.1080/13662716.2012.726807
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    5. Björn T. Asheim & Markus Grillitsch & Michaela Trippl, 2016. "Regional innovation systems: past – present – future," Chapters,in: Handbook on the Geographies of Innovation, chapter 2, pages 45-62 Edward Elgar Publishing.
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