Modelling Complex Entrepreneurial Behaviours
5. Empirical studies on knowledge flows This chapter deals with empirical studies on learning patterns and knowledge flows. As discussed in the first part of this book, knowledge flow is a rather complex phenomenon which can be broken up into several processes. In Chapter 2 we distinguished between knowledge gain and knowledge diffusion processes; the former referring to formal and controlled flows and the latter referring to informal and largely uncontrolled flows. This classification is also useful when one has to define empirical measures of knowledge flows. In fact, as discussed earlier on, knowledge gains relate to flows of disembodied knowledge which could be measured by using, for instance, data on technologies and patents trade (Arora et al. 2002).1 However, the applied researcher faces a much harder task when attempting to measure informal knowledge diffusion processes. In this case there are few available data in the official statistics;2 hence, extra efforts need to be undertaken in order to gather sound information on the direction and the intensity of such flows. This second part of the book, being about empirical research, will shed some light on the advances in the literature on measuring informal knowledge flows as well as on the relevance of model validation as a tool for testing models against the real world. Specifically, in the following sections of this chapter we will concentrate our attention on a recent body of empirical literature which has developed some new and well-crafted techniques to measure informal knowledge flows. Then,...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.