The Emergence of the Knowledge Economy: A Regional Perspective

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Zoltan J. Acs, Henri L.F. de Groot, Peter Nijkamp
Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 6, 2002 - Business & Economics - 390 pages
Knowledge has in recent years become a key driver for growth of regions and nations. This volume empirically investigates the emergence of the knowledge economy in the late 20th century from a regional point of view. It first deals with the theoretical background for understanding the knowledge economy, with knowledge spillovers and development externalities. It then examines aspects of the relationship between knowledge inputs and innovative outputs in the information, computer and telecommunications sector (ICT) of the economy at the regional level. Case studies focusing on a wide variety of sectors, countries and regions finally illustrate important regional innovation issues.
 

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Contents

Knowledge Innovation and Regional Development
1
Milieux Innovateurs and Collective Learning From Concepts to Measurement
15
The Innovation Decision and Fixed Costs
80
The Knowledge Base Innovation and Urban Economic Growth
106
Geographic Spillovers of University Research on Patent Activities of the High Technology Sectors in Austria
138
Universities as Agents in Regional Innovation Systems Evaluating Patterns of KnowledgeIntensive Collaboration in Austria
172
ICT and Knowledge Challenges for Entrepreneurs in Regional Economic Development
194
Newcomers and Innovation in the US Telephone Industry Then and Now
214
Small Key TechKnowledge Firms in Canada Their Innovation Potential Structure and Spatial Adaptation
300
The Location of Technological Innovations within the Japanese Semiconductor Industry
320
Innovative Performance in the Capital Region of Norway
342
Innovation and Firm Location in the Spanish Medical Instruments Industry
362
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