Common Territory? Comparing the IMP Approach with Economic Geography

John Nicholson, Ross Brennan, Dimitrios Tsagdis

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The IMP research tradition has always been open to the cross-fertilisation of ideas with other social science disciplines that study similar phenomena. Recent years have seen a growing interest among IMP researchers in phenomena such as regional strategic networks, spatial clusters and innovation and new business development in networks. IMP papers published on these topics are increasingly citing conceptual frameworks and empirical findings from the field of economic geography. This paper discusses the development of IMP thought and the
development of thought in economic geography (particularly evolutionary economic geography), and compares their approaches to the analysis of regional phenomena. The goal is to identify key ideas from economic geography that have been under-exploited in IMP research, in order to suggest original new approaches available to IMP researchers interested in these fields. A
number of such ideas are explored: proximity as a multi-dimensional and multi-faceted concept; the distinction between, and relative importance of, learning activities arising automatically from being embedded in a community (local or regional buzz) and learning activities arising from positive investment in channels of communication (pipelines); the concept of relational capital
developed by economic geographers; and, conceptualisations of externalities commonly used in the study of spatial clusters
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013
Event29th Annual IMP Conference - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 30 Aug 20132 Sept 2013


Conference29th Annual IMP Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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