The spatio-relational nature of urban innovation systems: Universities, knowledge intensive business service firms, and collaborative networks

JOHNSTON, Andrew and HUGGINS, Robert (2016). The spatio-relational nature of urban innovation systems: Universities, knowledge intensive business service firms, and collaborative networks. Journal of Urban Technology. (In Press)

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Abstract

The need to better identify the spatio-relational nature of urban innovation systems and spaces is increasingly acknowledged. The aim of this paper, therefore, is to provide an enhanced understanding of the knowledge networks existing between urban Knowledge Intensive Business Services firms (KIBS) and universities, which are often key components of such systems and spaces. Drawing on an analysis of urban KIBS firms and universities in the UK, it is found that the nature of firms, the location in which they are based, and the research intensity of their university partners are important determinants of the spatiality and localisation of the networks they form. The results show that the smallest urban KIBS firms have the highest propensity to engage in local links with universities, suggesting that they rely most significantly on their own urban innovation system for collaborative network ties. Keywords : innovation systems; urban innovation spaces; knowledge-based development; proximity; networks; KIBS; universities.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > International Business, Economics, SMEs and Entrepreneurship
Identification Number: 10.1080/10630732.2015.1090192
Depositing User: Andrew Johnston
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 11:47
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 23:54
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12156

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