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, 23 (1), 29-52.

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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 - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > International Business, Economics, SMEs and Entrepreneurship
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School > Department of Management
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/10630732.2015.1090192
    Page Range: 29-52
    Depositing User: Andrew Johnston
    Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 11:47
    Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 13:12
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12156

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