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    Innovation and external knowledge sources in Knowledge Intensive Business Services (KIBS): evidence from de-industrialised UK regions

    Savic, Maja and Lawton Smith, Helen and Bournakis, Ioannis (2020) Innovation and external knowledge sources in Knowledge Intensive Business Services (KIBS): evidence from de-industrialised UK regions. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development 32 (9-10), pp. 805-826. ISSN 0898-5626.

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the effect of external knowledge sources and the uneven geography on innovation activity in small Knowledge Intensive Business Services (KIBS). It draws on results from a survey of 342 small and medium (SME) KIBS located in the UK’s North East and West Midlands, both de-industrialised regions. It is shown that innovation is supported by knowledge gained from frequent interaction with customers both regional and UK based as well as international. More frequent interaction with local business networks, informal contacts and national licensing arrangements also enhances innovativeness. Various industry-specific business networks and regional government agencies act as important sources of knowledge and networking and these are more important for KIBS located in the North East. The results indicate that more frequent collaboration with regional universities and regional public sector organisations does not benefit KIBS from either region. Also, while we acknowledge a positive effect of R&D on KIBS innovativeness we argue that its effect is less important compared to regional and extra regional knowledge sources.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): KIBS; innovation, external knowledge, knowledge networks, de-industrialised regions, R&D, policy
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Helen Lawton Smith
    Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2020 09:38
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:00
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/32383

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