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How between-firm collaboration impacts on innovation: The significance of proximity dimensions

Strategic Direction

ISSN: 0258-0543

Article publication date: 12 June 2017




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Innovation is widely recognized as a prime means of gaining a competitive advantage. However, many firms lack the necessary resources needed to increase their innovation capabilities. Cooperating with other organizations or institutions is therefore seen as a viable alternative. The prospects of successful innovation can be enhanced by various dimensions of non-spatial proximity. Collaboration is likely to prove most effective if firms engage with others identified as being similar, indicated by a blend of cognitive and organizational proximity.

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(2017), "How between-firm collaboration impacts on innovation: The significance of proximity dimensions", Strategic Direction, Vol. 33 No. 6, pp. 29-31.



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