The regional dimension of knowledge transfers—a behavioral approach

Broekel, Tom and Binder, Martin (2007) The regional dimension of knowledge transfers—a behavioral approach. Industry & Innovation, 14 (2). pp. 151-175. ISSN 1366-2716

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Innovations are inherently connected to knowledge transfers. The need of face‐to‐face contacts to transfer tacit knowledge is commonly argued to cause a regional dimension of innovative activities. The paper presents an alternative explanation based on a model of boundedly rational actors who search for knowledge. It is shown that a regional dimension exists in these processes that results from a regional bias in an actor's search activities. Social embeddedness, a shared regional identity and limited spatial mobility foster this bias. We argue that insights from research on these topics can help to define the geographic size of a region.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Regional economics, innovation, knowledge transfers, tacit knowledge, bounded rationality
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Martin Binder
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 15:50
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2012 15:50
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