nep-ind New Economics Papers
on Industrial Organization
Issue of 2013‒09‒25
one paper chosen by
Kwang Soo Cheong
Johns Hopkins University

  1. Substitution or overlap? The relations between geographical and non-spatial proximity dimensions in collaborative innovation projects By Hansen, Teis

  1. By: Hansen, Teis (CIRCLE, Lund University)
    Abstract: Traditionally, economic geographers stress geographical proximity’s positive impact on collaboration processes. Recently, effects of cognitive, organisational, social and institutional proximity dimensions have been emphasised. This paper examines the relations between geography and these non-spatial dimensions by distinguishing two mechanisms: the substitution mechanism, where non-spatial forms of proximity substitute for geographical proximity, and the overlap mechanism, where geographical proximity facilitates non-spatial proximity. The two mechanisms’ importance is analysed in collaborative innovation projects in the Danish cleantech industry. Regression models are complemented by a qualitative analysis of the relationship between the geographical and institutional dimensions, which is the only relation where the substitution mechanism is of little importance.
    Keywords: Proximity; cleantech; collaboration; knowledge linkages; innovation
    JEL: L69 O31 R11
    Date: 2013–05–10
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:hhs:lucirc:2013_018&r=ind

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