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Surviving in a high-tech manufacturing industry: the role of innovative environment and proximity to metropolitan industrial portfolio

Alexandra Tsvetkova, Tessa Conroy and Jean-Claude Thill
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Tessa Conroy: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jean-Claude Thill: University of North Carolina – Charlotte

International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 2020, vol. 16, issue 2, No 6, 527 pages

Abstract: Abstract Building on recent developments in the evolutionary economics combined with a more traditional spillovers perspective, we conceptualize regional knowledge environment as consisting of two components, the base and the radical knowledge. Empirically approximating the components with proximity to regional industrial portfolio and patenting intensity, respectively, we explore how a cohort of U.S. computer and electronic product manufacturing companies with different absorptive capacity levels were able to benefit from different types of knowledge available regionally. The results suggest reinforcing dynamics between proximity to metropolitan industry mix and metropolitan patenting intensity in promoting survival of non-patenting companies. Establishments that patent, on the other hand, are mostly insensitive to these two factors.

Keywords: Industrial proximity; Industrial cohesion; Knowledge spillovers; Business survival (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s11365-019-00591-8

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