Inventors, firms and localities: insights into the nexus that forms and alters the evolution of regional knowledge spaces

February 14, 2024 3:17 pm Published by

The present investigation aims to provide insights into the nexus between firms and localities that ultimately shapes the evolution of regional knowledge spaces. The ‘inventive footprint’ of firms, indicated by the spatial distribution of associated inventors across regional economic settings, provides the foundation to analyse whether firms’ external knowledge sourcing contributes to their own evolution, and by extension to their home region’s technological capabilities. Findings indicate that firms’ innovation efforts beyond their home base are subsequently absorbed at home and thus that knowledge-sourcing activities by multi-locational firms significantly contributes to the evolution of regional knowledge space trajectories.

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