Public Policy, Proximity and Old Industrial Regions: A Case of Knowledge and Technology Transfer

By Janet Tully.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Building a ‘knowledge economy’ is seen as a policy for many governments of old industrial regions. For example increasing the knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) from a region’s research establishments is seen as a strategy to overcome productivity problems. However, the models on which most of these strategies are based fall short in accounting for some factors which affect knowledge exchange in a particular context. This paper addresses the notions of proximity as a factor in KTT and offers alternative factors drawing on the recent analysis of Amin & Cohendet (2004). It concluded that many policymakers may be in danger of applying the lessons of previous models without first understanding the dynamics of their own region.

Keywords: Knowledge Exchange, Technology Transfer, Knowledge Based Communities, Spaital Proximity, Insitutional Support, Regional Development, Industrial Regions, Public Policy, Social Networks

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 2, Issue 7, pp.117-128. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.498MB).

Janet Tully

Research Associate, Department of Geography, Durham University, Durham, UK


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