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Innovation, proximity, and knowledge gatekeepers –Is proximity a necessity for learning and innovation?
Int. J. Innovation and Learning (2013)
  • Deogratias Harorimana, Dr, The University of the South Pacific
Abstract

Organisational desire for innovation and growth can be best achieved when they are in proximity. Geographical or technological proximity represent network structure in which a focal organisation is embedded, which has structural, cognitive and relational dimensions. Proximity influences innovation indirectly by its influence on agents’ ability to exchange and combine knowledge in four related ways: by giving access to exchange partners that provide opportunities for learning, increasing the anticipation of value, increasing the motivation to exchange, and by giving access to resources necessary for committing exchanges.

Keywords
  • proximity; learning; innovation; technological gatekeepers; firm
Publication Date
Summer July, 2013
Publisher Statement
First Accepted for Publication 8 March,2012, Final acceptance in May 27, 2012
Citation Information
Deogratias Harorimana. "Innovation, proximity, and knowledge gatekeepers –Is proximity a necessity for learning and innovation?" Int. J. Innovation and Learning Vol. 13 Iss. 2 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/knowledgeispower/28/