The Emergence of the Knowledge Economy: A Regional Perspective / Edition 1

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Knowledge has in recent years become a key driver for growth of regions and nations. This volume empirically investigates the emergence of the knowledge economy in the late 20th century from a regional point of view. It first deals with the theoretical background for understanding the knowledge economy, with knowledge spillovers and development externalities. It then examines aspects of the relationship between knowledge inputs and innovative outputs in the information, computer and telecommunications sector (ICT) of the economy at the regional level. Case studies focusing on a wide variety of sectors, countries and regions finally illustrate important regional innovation issues.

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"A primary stated aim of the collection is to pull together new insights from growth theory, economic geography, and innovation theory to bear on the common question of the role of innovative knowledge creation and diffusion on differential regional growth. … a useful and thought provoking collection … . it is a worthy compendium adding more fuel to the quest for economic growth theories that withstand empirical testing." (Susan M. Walcott, Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 44 (2), 2004)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540437222
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 9/17/2002
  • Series: Advances in Spatial Science Series
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Knowledge, Innovation and Regional Development 1
Pt. I Theoretical Background. Concepts and Measurement
2 Milieux Innovateurs and Collective Learning: From Concepts to Measurement 15
3 Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the SME Sector 47
4 Networked Alliances and Innovation 65
5 The Innovation Decision and Fixed Costs 81
6 The Knowledge Base, Innovation and Urban Economic Growth 107
7 Constructing an Index for Regional Competitiveness 121
Pt. II Knowledge Spillovers and University Research
8 Geographic Spillovers of University Research: on Patent Activities of High Technology Sectors in Austria 139
9 High Technology Employment and Knowledge Spillovers 155
10 Universities as Agents in Regional Innovation Systems. Evaluating Patterns of Knowledge-Intensive Collaboration in Austria 173
Pt. III The ICT Sector and Regional Development
11 ICT and Knowledge Challenges for Entrepreneurs in Regional Economic Development 195
12 Newcomers and Innovation in the U.S. Telephone Industry. Then and Now 215
13 The Spatial Industrial Dynamics of the ICT Sector in Sweden 243
14 The Multimedia Industry: Networks and Regional Development in a Globalised Economy 277
Pt. IV Regional Case Studies
15 Small Key Tech-Knowledge Firms in Canada: Their Innovation Potential, Structure, and Spatial Adaptation 301
16 The Location of Technological Innovations within the Japanese Semiconductor Industry 321
17 Innovative Performance in the Capital Region of Norway 345
18 Innovation and Firm Location in the Spanish Medical Instruments Industry 365
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