This book reveals the key importance, in terms of international competitiveness, of firms' capability to adapt to, and develop, new techlogies. At the same time, the authors argue that the sheer complexity of emerging techlogies is such that the kwledge involved in their creation is likely to be dispersed and distributed between many individuals and over numerous locations. The authors argue that even if one assumes that the internal kwledge base is of strategic importance to many companies, most of the kwledge used by the majority of companies is developed outside the company. Since much kwledge is tacit in nature, the location of companies and their different departments become vital in accessing such kwledge, and there are strong reasons to believe that spillover effects are geographically bounded. Hence, it may often be of strategic importance to companies and their competitiveness to be represented in the 'right' industrial clusters. This book highlights a number of issues at the leading edge of both research and policy making, such as kwledge generation/production, kwledge distribution/transfer, kwledge spillovers, learning, kwledge management, information logistics, industrial clusters, industrial networks and regional invation systems. This book will appeal to academics and researchers of kwledge management, techlogy and invation and industrial organisation. Policy makers and planners in international organisations, national and regional governments - in particular those dealing with R&D policies, industrial policies and regional policies - will also find much to engage them.
Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Professor Emeritus of the Economics of Technological Change, Jonkoping International Business School, Jonkoping University and Professor Emeritus, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Per Flensburg, University West and Sven-Ake Horte, Professor of Work Sciences and Professor of Industrial Management, Department of Economics and Technology, Halmstad University, Sweden