Unravelling Knowledge Networks of Urban High-Technology Firms: An Artificial Intelligence Approach

Marina van Geenhuizen

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Abstract

In urban innovation studies, much attention has been paid to benefits from local knowledge exchange for small high-technology companies. Much less attention has been given to the global pattern of knowledge networks. In this paper, we explore the spatial pattern of knowledge networks of young, innovative companies in urban areas in the Netherlands empirically, against the background of the debate about the role of spatial proximity in facilitating local knowledge exchange and learning processes. In this debate, the idea is challenged that tacit knowledge is confined to local places in providing unique advantages of knowledge spillovers to locally embedded companies. First, on the basis of conceptual notions from resource dependence theory and by using rough set analysis as a relatively new modelling approach derived from the field of artificial intelligence, we identify the factors that determine the spatial patterns of knowledge networks. Secondly, by taking the largest biotechnology cluster in the Netherlands as an example we examine to what extent companies in a clustered location employ regional and global networks and enjoy local knowledge spillovers among other agglomeration advantages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference and Doctoral Workshop 2006
EditorsGloria Rossini
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherUnivesity of Twente
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9789081078412
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event14th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2006 - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 11 May 200613 May 2006
Conference number: 14

Conference

Conference14th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2006
Abbreviated titleHTSF
CountryNetherlands
CityEnschede
Period11/05/0613/05/06

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