The role of knowledge-intense high-impact firms in city innovation systems

Thommie Burström*, Juhana Peltonen

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Past studies on city innovation systems acknowledge the important role of firms, but rarely study them explicitly. This paper shifts attention to the firm level, and proposes that knowledge-intensive high-impact firms are especially important in shaping the economic development of local economies by creating industry-specific micro pathways. This argument follows from their central role in city innovation systems: we propose that knowledge-intense high-impact firms (KIHIFs) have a relatively high absorptive capacity and therefore make better use of knowledge spillover, but also play a role in distributing international knowledge spillover in return. To empirically investigate this thesis, we examine firms operating in the computer-programming activities, and engineering and technical consultancy industries in the capital area surrounding Helsinki, Finland. In line with our theoretical arguments, we find that the relative within-industry concentrations and rates of internationalisation of KIHIFs vary greatly over small geographic distances. Future research and implications for policy-makers are discussed.

Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftInnovation: Management, Policy and Practice
Sidor (från-till)377-392
Antal sidor16
StatusPublicerad - 02.10.2018
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift


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