Over the last decade, there has been an increasing amount of research on knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) and innovation. This book brings together current thinking on this subject from geographic and territorial perspectives. Researchers from across Europe and North America present contributions from a wide range of disciplinary approaches including management studies, innovation studies and geography. They explore areas such as innovation related cooperation between KIBS firms and their industrial partners, how KIBS firms mediate business knowledge and the impact that KIBS make in local, regional and international contexts. The book offers a timely exploration of the role played by the geographic and institutional environment in the processes that link KIBS, innovation and territory across different contexts.
David Doloreux and Mark Freel are both Associate Professor in the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, Canada and Richard Shearmur is Professeur-chercheur at INRS - Université du Québec, Canada
'A timely collection of studies into the regional innovative roles played by KIBS, which unusually links contemporary evidence from both sides of Atlantic. It also addresses some key conceptual and theoretical issues relating to the modern significant of KIBS for economic development at local, regional and national scales.' Peter Wood, University College London, UK 'This path breaking book systematically addresses surprisingly neglected issues: the cultural and geographical contexts that shape KIBS, their wider social and economic roles, and the policies and strategies intended to influence these. It will be of considerable interest to practitioners, policymakers, and scholars of innovation processes and the service economy more generally.' Ian Miles, Manchester Business School, UK 'In this theoretically informed and empirically rich collection, the authors - all world-class experts - unwrap the variety and complexity of knowledge intensive business services (KIBS) as key players in innovation. The book significantly advances the state-of-the-art on how KIBS create knowledge and produce innovative outcomes for their regions in several countries in Europe and North America.' Ed Malecki, The Ohio State University, USA