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Explaining spatial patterns of innovation: Analytical and synthetic modes of knowledge creation in the Medicon Valley life-science cluster
Department of Social and Economic Geography, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8861-8731
Department of Social and Economic Geography, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Department of Social and Economic Geography, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
2008 (English)In: Environment and planning A, ISSN 0308-518X, E-ISSN 1472-3409, Vol. 40, no 5, 1040-1056 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The authors address the dichotomy around ‘proximate’ and ‘distant’ learning processes by looking specifically at the characteristics of the knowledge-creation process. By way of suggesting an alternative conceptualization to the well-known tacit–codified knowledge dichotomy they propose a distinction between ‘analytical’ and ‘synthetic’ modes of knowledge creation. Analytical knowledge creation refers to the understanding and explaining of features of the (natural) world. Synthetic knowledge creation refers to the design or construction of something to attain functional goals. By applying this framework to qualitative empirics from the Medicon Valley life-science cluster, the authors demonstrate the complementarity of globally distributed analytical knowledge creation and locally oriented synthetic knowledge creation.

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2008. Vol. 40, no 5, 1040-1056 p.
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innovation; knowledge; life science; spatial analysis
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Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31373DOI: 10.1068/a39110ISI: 000256630100003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-44349093867OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-31373DiVA: diva2:954974
Available from: 2016-08-24 Created: 2016-08-19 Last updated: 2016-08-25Bibliographically approved

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