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Proximity is a Social Process - A Conceptual Framework

Anja Dettmann and Thomas Brenner ()
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Anja Dettmann: Department of Geography, Philipps University Marburg

No 2010-03, Working Papers on Innovation and Space from Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography

Abstract: Spatial proximity is assumed in the literature to be a prerequisite and trigger for cooperation and, subsequently, innovation. This paper examines conceptually the role of proximity between actors for cooperation activities. Using theories and findings from social psychology and combining them with geographical issues, it provides new insights into the emergence and development of professional collaborative relationships and the role that spatial proximity plays. Thereby the paper stays on the level of individuals (micro-level) and explains how the willingness to collaborate emerges and how local partner priorities are developed.

Keywords: Collaboration; Partner Choice; Proximity; Innovation; Geography (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L14 O32 R10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2010-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-evo, nep-geo, nep-ppm and nep-ure
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