The Elgar Companion to Innovation and Knowledge Creation
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The Elgar Companion to Innovation and Knowledge Creation

Edited by Harald Bathelt, Patrick Cohendet, Sebastian Henn and Laurent Simon

This unique Companion provides a comprehensive overview and critical evaluation of existing conceptualizations and new developments in innovation research. It draws on multiple perspectives of innovation, knowledge and creativity from economics, geography, history, management, political science and sociology. The Companion brings together leading scholars to reflect upon innovation as a concept (Part I), innovation and institutions (Part II), innovation and creativity (Part III), innovation, networking and communities (Part IV), innovation in permanent spatial settings (Part V), innovation in temporary, virtual and open settings (Part VI), innovation, entrepreneurship and market making (Part VII), and the governance and management of innovation (Part VIII).
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Chapter 41: Relational geographies of knowledge and innovation

James R. Faulconbridge

Abstract

This chapter examines the unique insights provided by the relational approach to knowledge and innovation developed by economic geographers. It shows how the focus in the approach on social interactions and their spatiality, and on a research methodology that generates fine-grained insights into these, opens up a series of important questions about knowledge and innovation. In particular emphasis falls on how in organizations and public policy, rather than managing knowledge and innovation themselves, efforts should be made to manage the interactions that produce knowledge and innovation. The chapter explores these contentions through existing research and considers future directions for analysis.

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