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Geographies of knowledge and learning: The example of medical technology
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Centre for Municipality Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2404-0624
Department of Geography, Media and Communication, Karlstad University, Sweden.
Nordregio, Nordic Centre for Spatial Development, Stockholm, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Growth and Change, ISSN 0017-4815, E-ISSN 1468-2257, Vol. 45, no 3, 450-470 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper brings a geographical perspective to debates in research on knowledge and learning for the innovation of products and firms. The importance of understanding the development of “composite knowledge,” which should be understood as knowledge developed through the bridging of different knowledge fields, is stressed. The empirical focus of the study is medical technology. The arguments in this paper are based on a literature review, secondary data, and a “knowledge biography” case study of a firm located in Stockholm, Sweden. The discussion describes how knowledge networks may be multilocal, thus connecting partners in local, national, and international geographical settings. This paper shows that synergies and complementary relations between regional, network, and corporate spaces are focal points for the processes of knowledge dynamics. It also illustrates how “soft” factors in innovations (in addition to important and “hard” factors of technology and functionality improvements, for instance) are important. “Soft” factors include market, process and input innovations, and aesthetic expressions.

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Hoboken, NJ, United States: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. Vol. 45, no 3, 450-470 p.
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Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106782DOI: 10.1111/grow.12054ISI: 000339567900004OAI: diva2:718824
Regional trajectories to the knowledge economy—Nordic-European comparisons (REKENE)

Financially supported by Nordic Innovation Centre (Project No. 07058)

Available from: 2014-05-22 Created: 2014-05-22 Last updated: 2014-08-21Bibliographically approved

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