The Importance of Proximity for the Start-Ups’ Knowledge Acquisition and Exploitation

Journal of Small Business Management, Volume 49, July 2014, Pages 361-389

Posted: 7 Mar 2014

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Manuela Presutti

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Cristina Boari

University of Bologna - Department of Economics

Antonio Majocchi

University of Pavia - Department of Business Studies

Date Written: March 6, 2014

Abstract

This paper intends to verify the impact of geographical proximity on the processes of knowledge acquisition and exploitation by high-tech start-ups, considering at the same time the role of both the social and cognitive dimensions of proximity. Our basic assumption is that proximity means a lot more than just geography. The findings from this research broaden our understanding of how start-ups located inside an industrial cluster acquire knowledge from their customers and exploit it in an innovative way, underscoring the need to reconsider assumptions regarding the importance of geographical proximity between business partners during knowledge management.

Suggested Citation

Presutti, Manuela and Boari, Cristina and Majocchi, Antonio, The Importance of Proximity for the Start-Ups’ Knowledge Acquisition and Exploitation (March 6, 2014). Journal of Small Business Management, Volume 49, July 2014, Pages 361-389, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2405511

Manuela Presutti (Contact Author)

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Bologna
Italy

Cristina Boari

University of Bologna - Department of Economics ( email )

Strada Maggiore 45
Bologna, 40125
Italy

Antonio Majocchi

University of Pavia - Department of Business Studies ( email )

via S. Felice, 7
Pavia, 27100
Italy

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