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Do clusters really matter for innovation practices in Information Technology? Questioning the significance of technological knowledge spillovers

Huber, Franz (2012). Do clusters really matter for innovation practices in Information Technology? Questioning the significance of technological knowledge spillovers. Journal of Economic Geography, 12(1) pp. 107–126.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lbq058
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Abstract

A widespread assumption in economic geography and the economics of innovation is that firms located in clusters benefit from territorial learning and knowledge spillovers. However, it remains unclear to what extent these benefits actually occur. This paper aims to address this issue and examines to what extent research and development (R&D) workers in the Cambridge Information Technology (IT) Cluster benefit from being located in the Cluster. The study shows why many do not believe that their work benefits from being located in the Cluster. The results suggest that academics as well as policy makers need to be more careful with the assumption of technological knowledge spillovers in innovative clusters. The significant advantages of the Cambridge IT Cluster seem to be of a different nature; in particular they concern labour market advantages and benefits from the global 'brand' of Cambridge.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Author
ISSN: 1468-2710
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetGates Cambridge Scholarship
Keywords: clusters; knowledge spillovers; territorial learning; agglomeration economies
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 25696
Depositing User: Franz Huber
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2011 08:44
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 18:19
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/25696
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