© 2005

The Role of Labour Mobility and Informal Networks for Knowledge Transfer

  • Dirk Fornahl
  • Christian Zellner
  • David B. Audretsch

Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. David B. Audretsch, Dirk Fornahl, Christian Zellner
    Pages 1-7
  3. David B. Audretsch, Max Keilbach
    Pages 8-25
  4. Geographic and Relational Proximity

  5. Scientific knowledge flows and labour mobility

    1. Paula. E. Stephan, Albert J. Sumell, James D. Adams, Grant C. Black
      Pages 123-146
    2. Christian Zellner
      Pages 147-163
    3. Robin Cowan, Nicolas Jonard
      Pages 187-209
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 211-217

About this book


The purpose of The Role of Labour Mobility and Informal Networks for Knowledge Transfer is to analyze the microfoundations of knowledge spillovers. The microeconomic analysis of knowledge spillovers leads to the insight that the spillover and flow of knowledge is not at all automatic. Instead, this volume suggests that a filter exists between knowledge and its economic application. The focus of The Role of Labour Mobility is on several key mechanisms that serve to reduce this filter and facilitate the flow of knowledge. In particular, the volume draws on an emerging literature identifying the role of knowledge spillovers to investigate significance of labour mobility and informal networks as mechanisms facilitating the flow of knowledge.

No field in economics has dealt extensively with the microeconomics of knowledge spillovers. Thus, it is important to include the perspectives and insights of research approaches that span a broad spectrum of fields in economics. This work brings together scholars from labor economics, regional economics, the economics of innovation and technological change, and sociology to introduce new insights yielded from the microfoundations of knowledge spillovers.


Change Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurship Innovation knowledge transfer mobility technological change

Editors and affiliations

  • Dirk Fornahl
    • 1
  • Christian Zellner
    • 1
  • David B. Audretsch
    • 2
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic SystemsEvolutionary Economics GroupsJenaGermany
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic SystemsEntrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy GroupJenaGermany

About the editors

Dirk Fornahl studied economics and business administration at the University of Hannover (Germany), at the Dublin City University (Dublin, Ireland) and at the University of California (Berkeley, USA) with a focus on Economic Policy, Environmental Economics and Systems Management, and Labour Economics. Since 1999 Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems, Evolutionary Economics Group. From June 1999 until May 2001 working in the 'InnoRegio' programme of the Federal Ministry of Education and Science.

Christian Zellner studied development economics at the University of Kent and the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). He has worked as a Research Associate in the Evolutionary Economics Group at the Max Planck Institute for Research into Economic Systems (Germany) since 2000. His research mainly focuses on the formation of human capital and embodied knowledge transfers. He received his Ph.D. from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in 2003 for a thesis on the effects of basic research on the dynamics of the innovation process.


David B. Audretsch is the Director of the Research Unit on Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy at the Max Planck Institute for Research into Economics Systems in Germany and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London). He also serves as the Ameritech Chair of Economic Development at Indiana University. Audretsch's research has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development and global competitiveness. He has consulted with the World Bank, National Academy of Sciences, U.S. State Department, United States Federal Trade Commission, General Accounting Office and International Trade Commission as well as the United Nations, Commission of the European Union, the European Parliament, the OECD, as well as numerous private corporations, state governments, and a number of European Governments. He is a member of the Advisory Board to a number of international research and policy institutes, including the Zentrum fuer Europaeisch Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW, Centre for Economic Research), Mannheim, the Hamburgisches Welt-Wirtschafts-Archiv (HWWA, Hamburg Institute of International Economics), the Swedish Foundation for Research on Entrepreneurship and Small Business, and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), Washington, D.C. His research has been published in over one hundred scholarly articles in the leading academic journals. He has published thirty books including, Innovation and Industry Evolution, with MIT Press. He is co-founder and co-editor of Small Business Economics: An International Journal. He was awarded the 2001 International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research by the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Role of Labour Mobility and Informal Networks for Knowledge Transfer
  • Editors Dirk Fornahl
    Christian Zellner
    David B. Audretsch
  • Series Title International Studies in Entrepreneurship
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-23141-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-3579-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-23140-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 218
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Entrepreneurship
    Business and Management, general
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