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International Studies in Entrepreneurship

The Role of Labour Mobility and Informal Networks for Knowledge Transfer

Editors: Fornahl, Dirk, Zellner, Christian, Audretsch, David B. (Eds.)

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The purpose of The Role of Labour Mobility and Informal Networks for Knowledge Transfer is to analyze the microfoundations of knowledge spillovers. The microeconomic analysis of knowledge spillovers leads to the insight that the spillover and flow of knowledge is not at all automatic. Instead, this volume suggests that a filter exists between knowledge and its economic application. The focus of The Role of Labour Mobility is on several key mechanisms that serve to reduce this filter and facilitate the flow of knowledge. In particular, the volume draws on an emerging literature identifying the role of knowledge spillovers to investigate significance of labour mobility and informal networks as mechanisms facilitating the flow of knowledge.

No field in economics has dealt extensively with the microeconomics of knowledge spillovers. Thus, it is important to include the perspectives and insights of research approaches that span a broad spectrum of fields in economics. This work brings together scholars from labor economics, regional economics, the economics of innovation and technological change, and sociology to introduce new insights yielded from the microfoundations of knowledge spillovers.

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Dirk Fornahl studied economics and business administration at the University of Hannover (Germany), at the Dublin City University (Dublin, Ireland) and at the University of California (Berkeley, USA) with a focus on Economic Policy, Environmental Economics and Systems Management, and Labour Economics. Since 1999 Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems, Evolutionary Economics Group. From June 1999 until May 2001 working in the 'InnoRegio' programme of the Federal Ministry of Education and Science.

Christian Zellner studied development economics at the University of Kent and the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). He has worked as a Research Associate in the Evolutionary Economics Group at the Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems (Germany) since 2000. His research mainly focuses on the formation of human capital and embodied knowledge transfers. He received his Ph.D. from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in 2003 for a thesis on the effects of basic research on the dynamics of the innovation process.

 

David B. Audretsch is the Director of the Research Unit on Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy at the Max Planck Institute for Research into Economics Systems in Germany and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London). He also serves as the Ameritech Chair of Economic Development at Indiana University. Audretsch's research has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development and global competitiveness. He has consulted with the World Bank, National Academy of Sciences, U.S. State Department, United States Federal Trade Commission, General Accounting Office and International Trade Commission as well as the United Nations, Commission of the European Union, the European Parliament, the OECD, as well as numerous private corporations, state governments, and a number of European Governments. He is a member of the Advisory Board to a number of international research and policy institutes, including the Zentrum fuer Europaeisch Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW, Centre for Economic Research), Mannheim, the Hamburgisches Welt-Wirtschafts-Archiv (HWWA, Hamburg Institute of International Economics), the Swedish Foundation for Research on Entrepreneurship and Small Business, and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), Washington, D.C. His research has been published in over one hundred scholarly articles in the leading academic journals. He has published thirty books including, Innovation and Industry Evolution, with MIT Press. He is co-founder and co-editor of Small Business Economics: An International Journal. He was awarded the 2001 International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research by the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Structuring Informal Mechanism Of Knowledge Transfer

    Pages 1-7

    Audretsch, David B. (et al.)

  • The Mobility of Economic Agents as Conduits of Knowledge Spillovers

    Pages 8-25

    Audretsch, David B. (et al.)

  • The Spatial Distribution of Entrepreneurial Support Networks: Evidence from Semiconductor Initial Public Offerings from 1996 through 2000

    Pages 27-52

    Patton, Donald (et al.)

  • Chapter 4 The Impact of Regional Social Networks on the Entrepreneurial Development Process

    Pages 54-78

    Fornahl, Dirk

  • Social Networks, Informational Complexity and Industrial Geography*

    Pages 79-96

    Sorenson, Olav

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Role of Labour Mobility and Informal Networks for Knowledge Transfer
Editors
  • Dirk Fornahl
  • Christian Zellner
  • David B. Audretsch
Series Title
International Studies in Entrepreneurship
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-23140-2
DOI
10.1007/b100571
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-23141-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-3579-3
Series ISSN
1572-1922
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 218
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