(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

The geographies of knowledge transfers over distance : toward a typology

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

BATHELT H. (1) ; HENN S. (2) ;
(1) Dept. of Political Science and Dept. of Geography and Program in Planning, Univ., Toronto, CANADA
(2) Leibniz-Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig, ALLEMAGNE


This paper develops a typology of these geographies based on three dimensions that characterize the conditions for knowledge exchange: (i) framing, (ii) cognitive focus and goals, and (iii) trust and risks involved. Based on these variables, it identifies three configurations and eight subcategories of knowledge transfers that build upon temporary face-to-face interaction, classified as (1) international community gatherings, (2) international business travel, and (3) transnational network relations. Systematic comparison reveals that with growing uncertainty in economic interaction and with increasing commitment between the agents, trust-based linkages tend to become more important, and the number of interacting agents declines, while the frequency of temporary face-to-face meetings increases


Article of periodic

published at : Environment & planning A / ISSN 0308-518X

Editor : Pion, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1974)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 46, no6 [pp. 1403-1424]

Bibliographic references : 4 p.

Collation : 3 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 15583 A

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