Chairs: Prof. David B. Audretsch, Indiana University, USA & Dr. Maksim Belitski, University of Reading, UK
One of the most important issues in the economic geography and entrepreneurship literature is the relationship between investment in knowledge, innovation and economic development. Where does knowledge come from and how does it spillover? The session aims to demonstrate the role that externalities in a form of knowledge spillovers play for innovation, entrepreneurship and performance in firms and regions. We will discuss both negative and positive effects of knowledge spillovers, knowledge appropriation mechanisms, open innovation business models, best practice policies and multi-stakeholder partnership initiatives to maximize the returns to knowledge spillovers across various geographical contexts: locally, nationally and internationally.