When Local Interaction Does Not Suffice: Sources Of Firm Innovation In Urban Norway

The geographical sources of innovation of firms have been hotly debated. While the traditional view is that physical proximity within city-regions is key for the innovative capacity of firms, the literature on 'Global pipelines' has been stressing the importance of establishing communication channels to the outside world. This paper uses a specifically tailored survey of the level of innovation of 1604 firms of more than 10 employees located in the five largest Norwegian city-regions (Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, and Kristiansand) in order to determine the geographical dimension of the sources of innovation and the factors behind the propensity to innovate in Norwegian firms.

Provided by: IMDEA Topic: Innovation Date Added: Feb 2011 Format: PDF

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