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Nothing is in the air

Fitjar, Rune Dahl and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés ORCID: 0000-0002-8041-0856 (2017) Nothing is in the air. Growth and Change, 48 (1). pp. 22-39. ISSN 0017-4815

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Identification Number: 10.1111/grow.12161


It has often been argued that “there is something in the air” which makes firms in high-density environments—such as cities or clusters—more innovative. The co-location of firms facilitates the emergence of serendipity and casual encounters which promote innovation in firms. We assess this hypothesis using data from a survey of Norwegian firms engaged in innovation partnerships. The results indicate that there may be “much less in the air” than is generally assumed in the literature. The relationships conducive to innovation by Norwegian firms emerged as a consequence of purpose-built searches and had little to do with chance, serendipity, or “being there.”

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Additional Information: © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2017 08:35
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2024 22:12

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