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Knowledge, Complexity and Innovation Systems

  • Manfred M. Fischer
  • Josef Fröhlich

Part of the Advances in Spatial Science book series (ADVSPATIAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Knowledge, Complexity and Innovation Systems: Prologue

    1. Manfred M. Fischer, Josef Fröhlich
      Pages 1-17
  3. Innovation Systems

  4. Knowledge Creation and Spillovers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Charlie Karlsson, Agostino Manduchi
      Pages 101-123
    3. Manfred M. Fischer, Josef Fröhlich, Helmut Gassler, Attila Varga
      Pages 124-145
  5. Innovation, Knowledge and Regional Development

  6. Modelling Complexities

About this book


In recent years there has been growing scientific interest in the triangular relationship between knowledge. complexity and innovation systems. The concept of'innovation systems' carries the idea that innovations do not originate as isolated discrete phenomena, but are generated through the interaction of a number of actors or agents. This set of actors and interactions possess certain specific characteristics that tend to remain over time. Such characteristics are also shared by national, regional, sectoral and technological interaction systems. They can all be represented as sets of [institutional] actors and interactions, whose ultimate goal is the production and diffusion of knowledge. The major theoretical and policy problem posed by these systems is that knowledge is generated not only by individuals and organisations, but also by the often complex pattern of interaction between them. To understand how organisations create new products, new production techniques and new organisational forms is important. An even more fundamental need is to understand how organisations create new knowledge if this knowledge creation lies in the mobilisation and conversion of tacit knowledge. Although much has been written about the importance of knowledge in management, little attention has been paid to how knowledge is created and how the knowledge­ creation process is managed. The third component of the research triangle concerns complexity.


Complexity Evolution Innovation Innovation Policy Innovation Systems Knowledge Learning Regional Growth artificial intelligence calculus communication mathematics modeling technological change technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Manfred M. Fischer
    • 1
  • Josef Fröhlich
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Economic Geography & GeoinformaticsVienna University of Economics and Business AdministrationViennaAustria
  2. 2.Business Division Systems Research, Technology-Economy-EnvironmentAustria Research Centre SeibersdorfSeibersdorfAustria

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