The Economic Geography of Technological Standards: Evidence on the European GNSS Industry

Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 2013, 1, p47-72

23 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2010 Last revised: 13 Oct 2015

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Pierre-Alexandre Balland

Urban and Regional Research Centre Utrecht; Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS)

Raphaël Suire

University of Nantes - LEMNA

Jerome Vicente

LEREPS Sciences Po Toulouse, University of Toulouse

Date Written: March 7, 2011

Abstract

The concentration and dispersion of innovative activities in space has been largely explained and evidenced by the nature of knowledge and the geographical extent of knowledge spillovers. One of the empirical challenges is to go beyond by understanding how the geography of innovation is shaped by particular structural properties of knowledge networks. This paper contributes to this challenge, focusing on the particular case of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) at the European level. We exploit a database of R&D collaborative projects based on the 5th and 6th European Framework Programs, and apply social network analysis in economic geography. We study the properties of both network of organizations network and network of collaborative projects. We show that the nature of knowledge involved in relationships influences the geographical and structural organizations of the technological field. The observed coexistence of a relational core-periphery structure with a geographical cluster-pipeline one is discussed in the light of the industrial and geographical dynamics of technological standards.

Keywords: Economic Geography, Knowledge networks, Social network analysis, EU Framework Programs, Technological standards, GNSS

JEL Classification: O32, R12

Suggested Citation

Balland, Pierre-Alexandre and Suire, Raphael and Vicente, Jerome, The Economic Geography of Technological Standards: Evidence on the European GNSS Industry (March 7, 2011). Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 2013, 1, p47-72. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1619855 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1619855

Pierre-Alexandre Balland

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Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Eindhoven Center for Innovation Studies (ECIS) ( email )

NL-5600 MB Eindhoven
Netherlands

Raphael Suire

University of Nantes - LEMNA ( email )

Nantes, 44000
France

Jerome Vicente (Contact Author)

LEREPS Sciences Po Toulouse, University of Toulouse ( email )

Place Anatole France
Toulouse Cedex, F-31042
France

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