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The role of regional sectoral specialization on the geography of innovation networks: a comparison between firms located in regions in developed and emerging economies

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  • Plechero, Monica

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    (DEAMS – University of Trieste, Italy & CIRCLE, Lund University)

  • Chaminade , Cristina

    ()

    (CIRCLE, Lund University)

Recently, there has been a rise of contributions in innovation and economic geography studies on how firms from specific industries and regional innovation systems (RISs) rely on international networks to innovate. So far, the focus has been on single cases, firms located in well-known RISs and international linkages, without really distinguishing those with geographically close partners from those with partners from distant locations. Using primary firm-level data, this article compares the patterns of collaboration for innovation in a selection of Swedish, Norwegian, Chinese and Indian regions with an ICT cluster specialization. The results show that firms in RISs in emerging economies tend to link more to innovation networks with a real global character, particularly in relation to new-to-the-world innovation. It also shows that firms in the most successful RISs in ICT clusters rely more than others on networks with organizations in close proximity.

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Paper provided by Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy in its series Papers in Innovation Studies with number 2015/29.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 16 Aug 2015
Handle: RePEc:hhs:lucirc:2015_029
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