Intersectoral mobility of researchers and the extent and nature of proximity

Millard, DM 2014, Intersectoral mobility of researchers and the extent and nature of proximity , in: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference: Geographies of co-production, 26-29 August 2014, Imperial College, London. (Unpublished)

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Mobility of researchers across disciplines, sectors and borders represents an important way of transferring knowledge that is dispersed between different actors, including different sectors and organisations in different countries. It is argued that links between academia and other sectors are increasing. However, interaction between sectors is subject to barriers of orientation, where the aims in producing knowledge are different to each other (Bruneel et al 2010). It is widely argued that innovation requires some level of ‘proximity’. Several conceptualisations of proximity have been identified. Boschma (2005) talks of geographical, organisational, cognitive, institutional and social proximity. Absorptive capacity may also be needed to overcome barriers of understanding, culture or orientation that enable researchers to utilise their skills outside academia. Based on a European project that involved a survey and interviews with PhD graduates in the social sciences and humanities in 13 countries, this paper considers the extent and nature of similarity or proximity between sectors that facilitates intersectoral mobility.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Refereed: No
Funders: European Commission
Depositing User: Dr Chris Coey
Date Deposited: 21 May 2015 13:24
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 23:17

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