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The Spatial Organization of Innovation: Open Innovation, External Knowledge Relations and Urban Structure

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  • Peter Teirlinck
  • Andre Spithoven

Teirlinck P. and Spithoven A. The spatial organization of innovation: open innovation, external knowledge relations and urban structure, Regional Studies. The increased use of external knowledge relations, complementary to in-house research and development, influences the way firms are organized to manage innovation. The 'new' imperative of open innovation promotes the idea that firms organize innovation, to a greater extent, in interaction with outside parties. This paper argues that both the organization of innovation as well as the use of external knowledge depends on the physical, socio-economic and cultural environment. The outcome of the analysis supports the idea that (open) innovation is spatially organized. Contrary to the expectations, innovative firms in less urbanized areas show a higher degree of openness. [image omitted] Teirlinck P. et Spithoven A. L'organisation geographique de l'innovation: l'innovation ouverte, les rapports de connaissance externe et l'ossature urbaine, Regional Studies. L'emploi accru des rapports de connaissance externe, qui completent la R et D interne, influe la facon dont les entreprises s'organisent pour gerer l'innovation. Le 'nouveau' imperatif, a savoir l'innovation ouverte, laisse supposer que, dans une large mesure, les entreprises organisent l'innovation a partir de l'interaction avec le monde exterieur. Cet article cherche a affirmer qu'aussi bien l'organisation de l'innovation que l'emploi de la connaissance externe dependent des milieux physique, socioeconomique et culturel. Le resultat de l'analyse soutient l'idee que l'innovation (ouverte) s'organise sur le plan geographique. Contre toute attente, les entreprises a caractere innovateur situees dans les zones moins urbanisees font preuve d'un taux d'ouverture plus eleve. Innovation ouverte Rapports de connaissance externe Ossature urbaine Teirlinck P. und Spithoven A. Die raumliche Organisation der Innovation: offene Innovation, externe Wissensbeziehungen und urbane Struktur, Regional Studies. Die zunehmende Nutzung externer Wissensbeziehungen zur Erganzung der firmeninternen Forschung und Entwicklung wirkt sich darauf aus, wie Firmen zur Lenkung der Innovation organisiert werden. Der ,neue' Imperativ einer offenen Innovation fordert die Idee, dass Firmen die Innovation in grosserem Umfang in Wechselwirkung mit externen Partnern organisieren sollten. In diesem Beitrag wird argumentiert, dass sowohl die Organisation der Innovation als auch die Nutzung von externem Wissen von der physischen, soziookonomischen und kulturellen Umgebung abhangen. Das Ergebnis der Analyse bekraftigt die Idee, dass eine (offene) Innovation raumlich organisiert ist. Wider Erwarten weisen innovative Firmen in weniger urbanisierten Gegenden ein hoheres Mass an Offenheit auf. Offene Innovation Externe Wissensbeziehungen Urbane Struktur Teirlinck P. y Spithoven A. La organizacion espacial de la innovacion: innovacion abierta, relaciones de conocimiento externo y estructura urbana, Regional Studies. El uso cada vez mas frecuente de las relaciones externas de conocimiento, junto con la I + D del lugar, influye en el modo en que las empresas se organizan para gestionar las innovaciones. El 'nuevo' principio obligatorio de innovacion abierta fomenta la idea de que las empresas organicen sus innovaciones en gran medida interactuando con entidades externas. En este articulo sostenemos que tanto la organizacion de innovacion como el uso de conocimiento externo dependen del entorno fisico, socioeconomico y cultural. El resultado del analisis respalda la idea de que la innovacion (abierta) esta organizada de forma espacial. En contra de todos los pronosticos, las empresas innovadoras en areas menor ubanizadas muestran un grado superior de apertura. Innovacion abierta Relaciones de conocimiento externo Estructura urbana

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

Volume (Year): 42 (2008)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 689-704

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Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:42:y:2008:i:5:p:689-704
DOI: 10.1080/00343400701543694
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