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Markus Grillitsch

Universitetslektor

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Knowledge Sourcing and Innovation in Austrian ICT Companies-How Does Geography Matter?

Författare

  • Franz Tödtling
  • Markus Grillitsch
  • Christoph Höglinger

Summary, in English

Innovation is regarded as a highly open and interactive process, where companies absorb, generate and apply knowledge relying both on internal and external sources. They maintain links to various knowledge sources from local to global levels using particular channels for acquiring such knowledge. Although global knowledge networks might render the regional environment less important, we argue that geography still matters i) as location for innovation activities and ii) as multiscalar pattern of knowledge relationships. We investigate, therefore, to what extent firms are using particular knowledge sources from regional, national or international spatial levels, and to what extent their innovativeness can be explained by the knowledge sourcing pattern and their location. The paper draws on data from 110 ICT companies in three Austrian regions and uses both descriptive tools and multivariate models. The variety of knowledge sources used on regional as well as international levels and the engagement in R&D cooperations are identified as key factors for innovation in the ICT-sector, whereas company location had less direct effect.

Publiceringsår

2012-05-01

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

327-348

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Industry and Innovation

Volym

19

Issue

4

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Routledge

Ämne

  • Human Geography

Nyckelord

  • geography
  • information and communication technology
  • Innovation
  • knowledge sourcing
  • networks
  • regional innovation system

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 1366-2716