chapter  4
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Space, Place and Innovation: Jane Marceau

ByJANE MARCEAU

In recent decades there has been an interest in what stimulates innovation in the industries and fi rms located in particular places and spaces. The interest is expressed in examination of the ways in which innovation by the fi rm is encouraged by the specifi c characteristics of location, such as the fi rm’s proximity to sources of knowledge, to lead customers and to other fi rms with complementary or competing interests and markets. In this chapter “space” describes a geographical area, while “place” is what is done within that area that encourages innovation.