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Territorial Knowledge Dynamics: From the Proximity Paradigm to Multi-location Milieus

Olivier Crevoisier () and Hugues Jeannerat

No 08-09, GRET Publications and Working Papers from GRET Group of Research in Territorial Economy, University of Neuchâtel

Abstract: This paper addresses the issue of updating a research agenda about territorial innovation models (TIMs) such as innovative milieus, industrial districts, regional innovation systems, etc. The theoretical shift from innovation studies to the knowledge economy is taken into account by the suggested concept of territorial knowledge dynamics (TKDs). Observable major changes within society are also integrated, especially the huge increase in the mobility of production factors. The thesis developed is that the learning processes in TIMs were mainly cumulative knowledge dynamics that varies according to the scale of the region (the traditional local/global framework), whereas today's combinatorial knowledge dynamics develop in multi-location and multi-scalar ways. Knowledge circulates to a greater extent and is continuously mobilized and combined within interacting firms and regions. In this paper, ideal typical forms of TKDs are formulated from three research perspectives: a relational approach, a circulatory approach and a structuralist approach. This paper presents the theoretical background used by the European research project “EURODITE” on these specific issues.

Keywords: Knowledge economy; Territorial innovation models; anchoring milieu; EURODITE (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D80 D83 I25 O31 O33 R11 P48 R50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29 pages
Date: 2009-08
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Published in European Planning Studies, August 2009, Volume 17, Issue 8, Pages 1223-1241

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