Learning and Innovation @ a Distance: An Empirical Investigation into the Benefits and Liabilities of Different Forms of Distance on Interactive Learning and Novelty Creation in German Biotechnology SMEs
Juliane Hartig develops a framework of different forms of distance and discusses their impact and interplay for interactive learning and innovation. Her empirical study draws on a sample of international cooperation projects from German biotechnology SMEs. Combining quantitative and qualitative research, she comes to new insights, and offers practitioners tools on how to create proximity in order to derive the most from global cooperation.
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2 Theoretic Perspectives on InterOrganisational Cooperation
3 Learning and Novelty Generation in InterOrganisational Cooperation
4 Distant Relationships for Learning and Novelty Generation
Biotechnology Firms in Germany
A Retroductive Approach
Effects of Distance
10 Research and Practical Implications
A Interview Guideline
B List of Interviewed Firms
C Statistical Annex
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