The Spatial Dimension of Knowledge Flows: A Simulation Approach

Posted: 17 Mar 2009

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Agustí Canals

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Max H. Boisot

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ian C. MacMillan

University of Pennsylvania - Management Department

Date Written: July 2008

Abstract

Drawing on a conceptual framework, the Information Space or I-Space, and using agent-based simulation, our paper offers a theoretical exploration of the spatial dimensions of knowledge management. By modelling two well-known cases of high-tech industrial clusters, Silicon Valley and Boston Route 128, we look at the interrelationship between knowledge management strategies adopted by firms and the latter's choice of spatial location, as well as how it is affected by the evolution of information and communication technologies (ICTs). We find that knowledge structuring and spatial agglomeration co-evolve and that such co-evolution is significantly altered by the development of ICTs.

Keywords: Spatial agglomeration, knowledge management, ICT, knowledge flows, spatial location, Agent-based modelling

JEL Classification: L96, O33, R58, R12

Suggested Citation

Canals, Agustí and Boisot, Max H. and MacMillan, Ian C., The Spatial Dimension of Knowledge Flows: A Simulation Approach (July 2008). Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Vol. 1, Issue 2, pp. 175-204, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1361410 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsm007

Agustí Canals (Contact Author)

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Max H. Boisot

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Ian C. MacMillan

University of Pennsylvania - Management Department ( email )

The Wharton School
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6370
United States

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