Keywords: regional economies, knowledge economy, biotechnology, Germany, innovation policy, organisational change, micro-level analysis, regional knowledge dynamics, knowledge flows
Regional knowledge dynamics in the biotechnology industry: a conceptual framework for micro-level analysis
In this paper, we propose a firm-based micro-level framework for the analysis of regional knowledge dynamics. This approach contrasts with most of the established literature on regional clusters, learning regions, industrial districts or Regional Innovation Systems (RISs), which focus mainly on the meso-level of industrial organisation. Contrary to those concepts we are using a biographical method that maps the firm's innovation processes and practices and further on evaluates how those processes are interrelated with intra-organisational change and knowledge flows across different territorial levels.