Border blocking effects in collaborative firm innovation

Jos van den Broek, Paul Benneworth, Roel Rutten

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Abstract

Border regions are not often associated with innovation and economic prosperity. And even when they are prosperous, cross-border interaction is still mostly limited. The opening up of borders in Europe has presented new opportunities for firms located in these border regions to co-operate for innovation and knowledge to flow across borders. Despite the reduction of the importance of borders, firms seeking to access cross-border knowledge resources need still to ‘cross’ the border and address the various effects it brings. This paper therefore asks the question of how the presence of a border affects the processes by which firms attempt to build up productive co-operations for innovation. We use a heuristic of collaborative innovation across borders as building up through four sequential cooperation stages, and each of these different stages is susceptible to different kinds of border effects. Using a case study of firms co-operating across the Dutch-Flemish border, we empirically explore these border crossing processes in order to shed further light on how border processes play out.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1330-1346
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Volume26
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Keywords

  • Borders
  • Dutch-Flemish border region
  • EU
  • FLOWS
  • GEOGRAPHY
  • KNOWLEDGE SPILLOVERS
  • REGIONS
  • SYSTEMS
  • case study
  • collaboration
  • firms
  • innovation

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van den Broek, Jos ; Benneworth, Paul ; Rutten, Roel. / Border blocking effects in collaborative firm innovation. In: European Planning Studies. 2018 ; Vol. 26, No. 7. pp. 1330-1346.
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Border blocking effects in collaborative firm innovation. / van den Broek, Jos; Benneworth, Paul; Rutten, Roel.

In: European Planning Studies, Vol. 26, No. 7, 2018, p. 1330-1346.

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