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The Spatial Evolution of Innovation Networks: A Proximity Perspective

  • Ron Boschma


  • Koen Frenken


We propose an evolutionary perspective on the geography of network formation that is grounded in a dynamic proximity framework. In doing so, we root the proximity concept in an evolutionary approach to the geography of innovation networks. We discuss three topics. The first topic focuses on explaining the structure of networks. The second topic concentrates on explaining the effects of networks on the performance of actors. The third topic deals with the changing role of proximity dimensions in the formation and performance of innovation networks in the longer run.

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Paper provided by Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography in its series Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) with number 0905.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2009
Date of revision: Jun 2009
Handle: RePEc:egu:wpaper:0905
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