Journal Article

The spatial dimension of knowledge flows: a simulation approach

Agustí Canals, Max Boisot and Ian MacMillan

in Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society

Published on behalf of Cambridge Political Economy Society

Volume 1, issue 2, pages 175-204
Published in print July 2008 | ISSN: 1752-1378
Published online July 2008 | e-ISSN: 1752-1386 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsm007
The spatial dimension of knowledge flows: a simulation approach

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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; L96; O33; R58; R12

Journal Article.  13113 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Technological Change; Research and Development ; Energy and Utilities ; Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics ; Regional Government Analysis

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