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Entrepreneurial Knowledge, Technology and the Transformation of Regions by Roger Stough, Börje Johansson, Charlie Karlsson

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7 The role of knowledge heterogeneity on the innovative capability of industrial districts

Nunzia Carbonara andMohammad Tavassoli

 

Abstract

This chapter seeks to contribute to the ongoing debate concerning the role of heterogeneity for the innovative capability of industrial districts. With this aim, using a knowledge-based approach, the chapter focuses on different sources of industrial district knowledge heterogeneity and studies how the different level of heterogeneity affects the innovative capability of industrial districts.

Four theoretical hypotheses concerning the effects of knowledge and knowledge heterogeneity on industrial district innovativeness are formulated. To test the hypotheses, an econometric analysis on 32 Italian district ...

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