Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/147974
Authors: 
von Proff, Sidonia
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers on Innovation and Space 04.16
Abstract: 
The paper at hand contributes to the field of proximity studies with a focus on social proximity. The paper gives an in-depth discussion of a theoretical and empirical definition of social proximity. Based on this, an argumentation follows why social proximity is of particular importance when the decision for external innovation collaboration partners has to be made. This holds especially for SME and for firms with low or medium innovativeness. Furthermore, the paper presents two explorative case studies as a first support for the developed theory. The analysis of two firms shows how social proximity guides the search for collaboration partners.
Subjects: 
Social proximity
innovation collaboration
SME
JEL: 
L14
O39
O32
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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