Exploring the role of spatial relationships to transform knowledge in a business idea - Beyond a geographic proximity

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The space dimension has characterized the aggregation of firms, ranging from industrial districts to clusters. Within a local system, as emphasized by the Triple Helix model (Etzkowitz & Leydesdorff, 2000), universities, firms, and public institutions generate synergies by producing and exploiting technological knowledge. From this perspective, local relationships become synonymous with spatial relationships characterized by geographic proximity. However, is it possible to find different dimensions of proximity influencing spatial relationships in order to support innovation? This paper demonstrates that different proximity dimensions influence firms' boundaries and the development of spatial relationships through which actors interact to develop resource combinations identified in innovation. After a review of the these topics, the paper provides findings related to the spatial relationships developed by Petroceramics as a hosted spin-off of the Italian Technological Pole (POINT) as well as its subsequent relocation to the Kilometro Rosso Science Park. As such, this paper deals with how technological knowledge is transformed into a business idea through spatial relationships based on different dimensions of proximity.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)887-897
Numero di pagine11
RivistaIndustrial Marketing Management
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2010


  • innovation
  • proximity dimensions
  • resource combination
  • science and technology parks
  • spatial relationship
  • spin off


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