The Geography of Knowledge Creation: Technological Relatedness and Regional Smart Specialization Strategies

Title: The Geography of Knowledge Creation: Technological Relatedness and Regional Smart Specialization Strategies
Authors: Kogler, Dieter FranzWhittle, Adam
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Date: 27-Jul-2018
Online since: 2020-01-09T15:11:11Z
Abstract: This chapter synthesises the literatures of evolutionary economic geography and the geography of innovation in order to demonstrate the path dependent and evolutionary logic inherent to knowledge creation and diffusion processes. Critically, this synthesis reaffirms the continued importance of geography as a palpable medium to organize economic activity. Making explicit use of the ‘knowledge space’ methodology developed by Kogler et al., (2013) this chapter examines the technological evolution of Ireland (1981 – 2010) and provides new insights on how regional knowledge trajectories are shaped by path-dependent, recombinant, and co-evolutionary network dynamics. For Ireland, we show that its technological development can be understood as a branching phenomenon, whereby new technological trajectories branched out from previously existing or related pieces of knowledge. The chapter concludes by theorising how the knowledge space framework has an important bearing on the recently proposed Smart Specialisation thesis, which is envisioned to underpin knowledge-based regional economic development throughout Europe for the coming decade.
Funding Details: European Research Council
Irish Research Council
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: Edward Elgar
Copyright (published version): 2018 the Authors
Keywords: Knowledge spaceTechnological relatednessRegional diversificationKnowledge creation & diffusionSmart specialization strategiesIreland
DOI: 10.4337/9781785365805
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Paasi, A., Harrison, J. and Jones, M. (eds.). Handbook on the Geographies of Regions and Territories
Appears in Collections:Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy Research Collection
UCD Spatial Dynamics Lab Working Papers

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