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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) , pp. 29-52. 10.1080/10630732.2015.1090192

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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 Service 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 United Kingdom, it is found that the nature of firms, their location, and the research intensity of their university partners are important determinants of the spatiality and localization 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.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Additional Information: PDF uploaded in accordance with publisher's policies at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1063-0732/ (accessed 12.05.16).
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1063-0732
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 May 2016
Date of Acceptance: 20 April 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:03
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/90774

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