Localised Learning: Why Are Inter-firm Learning Patterns Institutionalised within Particular Localities?

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    Abstract

    In this speculative paper, it is argued that learning is an evolutionary process, operating at the level of the individual, the firm, and organised markets. Why these latter may be localised is investigated. Learning as such is depicted as an interactive process of reproducing and/or creating knowledge through communication, and learning patterns are seen as institutionalised in different contexts. Different possible such contexts are discussed, and industrial districts are proposed as relevant. Patterns of inter-firm learning may evolve and become institutionalised in an industrial district, because two important spatial properties of localisation - proximity and coherence - are combined here. As a result, some industrial districts posses higher-order capabilities with respect to localised inter-firm learning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationCopenhagen
    PublisherInstitut for Industriøkonomi og Virksomhedsstrategi, Handelshøjskolen i København
    Number of pages31
    ISBN (Print)8778690293
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 1998
    SeriesWorking Paper / Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy. Copenhagen Business School
    Number1998-10
    ISSN1398-7461

    Keywords

    • Organisational learning
    • Institutional learning
    • Culture
    • Innovation systems
    • Economic geography
    • Information cost
    • Communication
    • Proximity
    • Industrial districts

    Cite this

    Lorenzen, M. (1998). Localised Learning: Why Are Inter-firm Learning Patterns Institutionalised within Particular Localities? Institut for Industriøkonomi og Virksomhedsstrategi, Handelshøjskolen i København. Working Paper / Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy. Copenhagen Business School, No. 1998-10