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The Embedded Generation of Knowledge: Contextual Spillovers and Localized Appropriability

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    The new understanding about the characteristics of knowledge indivisibility and knowledge appropriability stresses the key role of external factors both in the generation and exploitation of technological knowledge. The combined effect of internal learning, external knowledge and the conditions for embodied appropriation associated to the intensive use of idiosyncratic factors by means of the introduction of biased technological change , provides key inputs to understanding the path dependent stratification of the directed features of the knowledge generated by firms as the basis for building their distinctive competences and the economic success of regions.

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    Paper provided by University of Turin in its series 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 Carlo Alberto. WP series with number 200506.

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    Length: 19 pages
    Date of creation: Oct 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:uto:labeco:200506
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