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Robertson, PL, Jacobson, D and Langlois, RN 2009 , 'Innovation processes and industrial districts', in G Becattini and M Bellandi and L De Propris (eds.), A Handbook of Industrial Districts , Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, pp. 269-280.

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Innovation is based on the generation, diffusion and use of new knowledge. While
it is possible to conceive of a firm that is so hennetic in its use of knowledge that all
stages of innovation, including the combination of old and new knowledge, rely
exclusively on internal sources, in practice most innovations involving products
or processes of even modest complexity entail combining knowledge that derives,
directly or indirectly, from several sources. Knowledge generation, therefore,
must be accompanied by effective mechanisms for knowledge diffusion and for
'indigenizing' knowledge originally developed in other contexts and for other
purposes so that it meets a new need.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Robertson, PL and Jacobson, D and Langlois, RN
Keywords: Industrial districts.; Industrial districts - Case studies.
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
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