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Innovation in peripheral regions: Do collaborations compensate for a lack of local knowledge spillovers?

Grillitsch, Markus LU and Nilsson, Magnus LU (2015) In Annals of Regional Science 54(1). p.299-321
Abstract
It is widely accepted that firms in peripheral regions benefit to a lesser extent from local knowledge spillovers than firms located in agglomerations or industrial clusters. This paper investigates the extent to which innovative firms in peripheral regions compensate for the lack of access to local knowledge spillovers by collaborating at other geographical scales. So far the literature predominantly suggests that collaborations complement rather than compensate for local knowledge spillovers. Using data on the collaboration patterns of innovative firms in Sweden, this paper provides evidence that firms with low access to local knowledge spillovers tend to collaborate more. This effect, however, depends on firm size and in-house... (More)
It is widely accepted that firms in peripheral regions benefit to a lesser extent from local knowledge spillovers than firms located in agglomerations or industrial clusters. This paper investigates the extent to which innovative firms in peripheral regions compensate for the lack of access to local knowledge spillovers by collaborating at other geographical scales. So far the literature predominantly suggests that collaborations complement rather than compensate for local knowledge spillovers. Using data on the collaboration patterns of innovative firms in Sweden, this paper provides evidence that firms with low access to local knowledge spillovers tend to collaborate more. This effect, however, depends on firm size and in-house capabilities. Our findings suggest that firms with strong in-house capabilities do indeed compensate for a lack of local knowledge spillovers with collaborations while firms with weaker in-house capabilities depend more on the regional knowledge infrastructure. (Less)
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local knowledge spillovers, periphery, collaboration, innovation, geography, Sweden
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Annals of Regional Science
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54
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299 - 321
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Springer
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1432-0592
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10.1007/s00168-014-0655-8
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  author       = {Grillitsch, Markus and Nilsson, Magnus},
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  keyword      = {local knowledge spillovers,periphery,collaboration,innovation,geography,Sweden},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {299--321},
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  series       = {Annals of Regional Science},
  title        = {Innovation in peripheral regions: Do collaborations compensate for a lack of local knowledge spillovers?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00168-014-0655-8},
  volume       = {54},
  year         = {2015},
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