Title: Connecting local entrepreneurial ecosystems to global innovation networks: open innovation, double networks and knowledge integration

Authors: Edward J. Malecki

Addresses: The Ohio State University, 1036 Derby Hall, 154 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210-1361, USA

Abstract: Corporate research and development (R&D) and knowledge networks of large and small firms are responding to widespread availability of talent and diverse knowledge. Much of this dispersed knowledge arises from entrepreneurial activity, originating in universities, research institutes and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Three important approaches have been introduced recently to understand R&D strategy in the context of global or metanational networks: open innovation, knowledge integration and a double network structure. The contribution of this paper is to analyse these approaches as affecting and affected by the presence of regional innovative ecosystems and their attraction as locations of R&D. This suggests a simultaneous need for local and global, as well as internal and external, knowledge integration.

Keywords: R&D location; open innovation; knowledge integration; knowledge networks; regional innovation systems; RIS; entrepreneurial ecosystems; research and development; local entrepreneurial ecosystems; entrepreneurship; global innovation networks; double networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2011.040821

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2011 Vol.14 No.1, pp.36 - 59

Published online: 26 Jun 2011 *

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