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The Dynamic FirmThe Role of Technology, Strategy, Organization, and Regions$
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Alfred D. Chandler, Peter Hagstrom, and Örjan Sölvell

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296041

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198296045.001.0001

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The Role of Geography in the Process of Innovation and the Sustainable Competitive Advantage of Firms *

The Role of Geography in the Process of Innovation and the Sustainable Competitive Advantage of Firms *

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(p.440) 19 The Role of Geography in the Process of Innovation and the Sustainable Competitive Advantage of Firms*
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The Dynamic Firm
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Michael E. Porter

Örjan Sölvell (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198296045.003.0019

This final chapter presents the authors’ view of how to link geography, innovation, and firm competitive advantage. Porter and Sölvell span many of the themes raised in the foregoing chapters, and highlight several of the more contentious issues as seen from their vantage point. The stress is on the geographical dimension and its importance for technological development in a broad sense, and, by implication, for sustainable firm competitive advantage. The dense, localized (regional) clusters reappear, as does the geographical embeddedness of firm activities and knowledge. Among other things, the authors look at the interesting things that go on outside the legal boundaries of the firm in this environment, and in particular, explore extra‐firm innovative activities and their determinants.

Keywords:   companies, competition, competitive advantage, embeddedness, firms, geographic factors, innovation, location, regional clusters, technological development, technology

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