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Nodes, Networks and Proximities: On the Knowledge Dynamics of the Medicon Valley Biotech Cluster.

Publiceringsår: 2004
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 1003-1018
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: European Planning Studies
Volym: 12
Nummer: 7
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Taylor & Francis


Empirical research on the knowledge dynamics of biotechnology demonstrates a dual local-global knowledge flow pattern. The sector is characterised by strong spatial concentration around nodes of excellence that are interconnected through a global network. This requires a specification of the notion of proximity as a facilitator of learning processes which emphasises its multifaceted configuration. This study highlights the significance of relational proximity within epistemic communities shaping innovation processes across multi-spatial scales. These arguments are illustrated with a database-survey on collaboration in scientific publication by 109 biotechnology firms in the Danish-Swedish life-science cluster Medicon Valley.


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Human Geography


  • ISSN: 1469-5944

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