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Shaping the formation of university-industry research collaborations: what type of proximity does really matter?

D'Este, Pablo and Guy, Frederick and Iammarino, Simona (2013) Shaping the formation of university-industry research collaborations: what type of proximity does really matter? Journal of Economic Geography, 13 (4). pp. 537-558. ISSN 1468-2702

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Identification Number: 10.1093/jeg/lbs010

Abstract

Research collaborations between universities and industry (U-I) are considered to be one important channel of potential localized knowledge spillovers (LKS). These collaborations favour both intended and unintended flows of knowledge and facilitate learning processes between partners from different organizations. Despite the copious literature on LKS, still little is known about the factors driving the formation of U-I research collaborations and, in particular, about the role that geographical proximity plays in the establishment of such relationships. Using collaborative research grants between universities and business firms awarded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), in this article we disentangle some of the conditions under which different kinds of proximity contribute to the formation of U-I research collaborations, focussing in particular on clustering and technological complementarity among the firms participating in such partnerships.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://joeg.oxfordjournals.org/
Additional Information: © 2012 Oxford University Press
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
T Technology > T Technology (General)
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O31 - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O32 - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R10 - General
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2012 10:36
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2014 14:24
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/45698

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