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

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    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 - Sept 1998
    SeriesWorking Paper / Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy. Copenhagen Business School


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

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