Problems and Solutions in Knowledge Transfer

21 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2003

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Bart Nooteboom

Tilburg University - Tilburg University School of Economics and Management

Date Written: April 2001 1,

Abstract

A central feature of innovation systems is that innovation arises from interaction between organizational units. This requires 'cognitive distance' that is sufficiently large to yield novelty of combinations, but not too large for mutual understanding. Two problems and solutions in the transfer of knowledge, especially to small firms, are identified and discussed. There is a problem not only of expressing tacit knowledge, but also of absorbing new knowledge when it needs to replace existing tacit knowledge. Next to issues of learning or competence development there are also issues of governance, in the management of relational risk of dependence and spillover. The analysis yields a number of tasks and functions for regional systems of innovation.

Keywords: regional innovation systems, small business, knowledge transfer, technology policy

JEL Classification: M, M10, L2, L15, O31

Suggested Citation

Nooteboom, Bart, Problems and Solutions in Knowledge Transfer (April 2001 1,). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=370933

Bart Nooteboom (Contact Author)

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