Introduction: Innovation and economic geography: A review and analysis

Jeremy Howells*, John Bessant

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This article reviews the developing links between economic geography and innovation theory and practical management in terms of research and literature. This article identifies five main themes, where this has been most evident, namely: coordination issues; proximity and geographical environment (including clusters, spillovers, agglomerations and networks); flows and connections: transactions and trade; enterprise and entrepreneurship; and innovation and knowledge. This article positions the papers in this Special Issue within this framework and identifies areas for future research between the two fields.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberlbs029
Pages (from-to)929-942
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Economic Geography
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


  • Business
  • Clusters
  • Economic geography
  • Enterprise
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge
  • Management
  • Networks
  • Proximity


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