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The Production of Collective Knowledge: Some Evidence from European Metropolitan Areas

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Relying upon original empirical evidence gathered in 12 European metropolitan areas, this paper focuses on conditions characterizing the generation of localized technological knowledge. Complement arities relying upon favorable industrial and institutional conditions support collective learning, whichin turn emerges as the determinant in the generation of new knowledge. Technological knowledge emerges as a collective good both from a structural and a dynamic viewpoint. Knowledge production is the result of a process that relies upon diverse and yet interdependent knowledge bases, which are systematically accessed, accumulated and recombined through different interpolating processes. Implications for regional and local innovation systems are thusraised appreciating connectivity between the variety of knowledge producers, and therefore communication opportunities and communication channels as central concerns for knowledge-enhancing technology policy.

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  • Patrucco, Pier Paolo, 2004. "The Production of Collective Knowledge: Some Evidence from European Metropolitan Areas," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis LEI & BRICK - Laboratory of Economics of Innovation "Franco Momigliano", Bureau of Research in Innovation, Complexity and Knowledge, Collegio 200401, University of Turin.
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