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Network evolution and the spatiotemporal dynamics of knowledge sourcing

Huggins, Robert ORCID:, Izushi, Hiro, Prokop, Daniel ORCID: and Thompson, Piers 2015. Network evolution and the spatiotemporal dynamics of knowledge sourcing. Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 27 (7-8) , pp. 474-499. 10.1080/08985626.2015.1070538

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Knowledge accessing from external organisations is important to firms, especially entrepreneurial ones which often cannot generate internally all the knowledge necessary for innovation. There is, however, a lack of evidence concerning the association between the evolution of firms and the evolution of their networks. The aim of this paper is to begin to fill this gap by undertaking an exploratory analysis of the relationship between the vintage of firms and their knowledge sourcing networks. Drawing on an analysis of firms in the UK, the paper finds some evidence of a U-shaped relationship existing between firm age and the frequency of accessing knowledge from certain sources. Emerging entrepreneurial firms tend to be highly active with regard to accessing knowledge for a range of sources and geographic locations, with the rate of networking dropping somewhat during the period of peak firm growth. For instance, it is found that firms tend to less frequently access knowledge sources such as universities and research institutes in their own region during a stage of peak turnover growth. Overall, the results suggest a complex relationship between the lifecycle of the firm and its networking patterns. It is concluded that policymakers need to become more aware that network formation and utilisation by firms is likely to vary dependent upon their lifecycle position.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0898-5626
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 February 2018
Date of Acceptance: 9 December 2014
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 19:29

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