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Chairs: Dr. Alessandra Perri, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Dr. Vittoria G. Scalera. Politecnico di Milano School of Management, Italy & Prof. Simona Iammarino, London School of Economics, UK

Facilitated by deep institutional and technological changes, globalization has spurred the dispersion of intangible assets across space. Within this globally distributed organization of value chains, knowledge, technology and innovation represent the bulk of value creation activities, and are increasingly recognized as the most important assets to compete in today’s economy. Economic geography and innovation literatures have documented the emergence of new relationships between the location of knowledge assets, the geographical dimension of innovation systems, the firm’s organization of innovative activities and the sources of external knowledge. Which aspects make these relationships effective for the performance of firms, countries, regions, clusters and cities? How do these relationships change over time? What factors drive their evolution? The session aims to provide answers to these questions by emphasizing the role of globally orchestrated value chains, global connectivity as new (or complementary) arrangement for collaborative innovation, geographically dispersed innovation networks, location- and industry-specific characteristics across both developed and emerging economies.

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