Rethinking Innovative Milieus
Edited by Leïla Kebir, Olivier Crevoisier, Pedro Costa and Véronique Peyrache-Gadeau
Chapter 3: Border-crossing sustainable innovation processes: German knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) in green construction
Sustainable innovation processes gain increasing importance in global change as a response to complex environmental and social problems. These types of innovations are closely related with the institutional and cultural context in which they occur. The blending of ecological, economic and social values – a main feature of sustainable innovations – is connected with the need for combining heterogeneous knowledge bases from various actors that are often spread over different spatial scales and sectors. The aim of the chapter is to contribute conceptually and empirically to a deeper understanding of the relation between knowledge dynamics and sustainable innovation processes in international contexts. The focus is on the territorial shaping of knowledge dynamics and the emergence of new organizational forms. The empirical results are based on Sino-German sustainable innovation processes in green construction.
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