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What is global and what is local in knowledge-generating interaction?: The case of the biotech cluster in Uppsala, Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2007 (English)In: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, ISSN 0898-5626, E-ISSN 1464-5114, Vol. 19, no 2, 137-159 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to describe the structure of the biotech cluster in Uppsala, Sweden, and to analyse how cluster knowledge dynamics result from processes and interactions unfolding at different spatial scales. The empirical basis for the analyses are derived from various sources: business registers, an internet- based survey of 106 firms, 23 in-depth interviews with key individuals, and a longitudinal database give data on the degree to which collaborations, rivalry, business transactions, capital sourcing and labour mobility take place in the local cluster. In addition to asking questions about which interactions are most localized and globalized, respectively, the paper also sets out to give an account of the 'clusterness' of the case in point. The paper shows that while the business relations of the biotech companies in Uppsala are strongly globalized, the sourcing of capital, the informal social networking and the labour market dynamics are much more regionalized/ localized.

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2007. Vol. 19, no 2, 137-159 p.
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clusters, biotechnology, knowledge, labour mobility
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Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-12441DOI: 10.1080/089856206011061184ISI: 000246479300002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-12441DiVA: diva2:40210
Available from: 2007-12-20 Created: 2007-12-20 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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