Quotation Tödtling, Franz, Grillitsch, Markus, Höglinger, Christoph. 2012. Knowledge Sourcing and Innovation in Austrian ICT companies: How does Geography matter?. Industry & Innovation 19 (4): 327-348.




Innovation is regarded as a highly open and interactive process, where companies absorb, generate and apply knowledge relying both on internal and external sources. They maintain links to various knowledge sources from local to global levels using particular channels for acquiring such knowledge. Although global knowledge networks might render the regional environment less important, we argue that geography still matters i) as location for innovation activities and ii) as multiscalar pattern of knowledge relationships. We investigate, therefore, to what extent firms are using particular knowledge sources from regional, national or international spatial levels, and to what extent their innovativeness can be explained by the knowledge sourcing pattern and their location. The paper draws on data from 110 ICT companies in three Austrian regions and uses both descriptive tools and multivariate models. The variety of knowledge sources used on regional as well as international levels and the engagement in R&D cooperations are identified as key factors for innovation in the ICT-sector, whereas company location had less direct effect.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Industry & Innovation
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, VW-D, WH-B
Language English
Title Knowledge Sourcing and Innovation in Austrian ICT companies: How does Geography matter?
Volume 19
Number 4
Year 2012
Page from 327
Page to 348
Reviewed? Y


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Tödtling, Franz (Details)
Grillitsch, Markus
Höglinger, Christoph
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research Institute for Spatial and Real Estate Economics FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5335 Political economic theory (Details)
5350 Innovation research (Details)
5618 Regional economy (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
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