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Local organisations and institutions. How can geographical proximity be activated by collective projects?

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This paper deals critically with the concept of geographical proximity as a prerequisite for successful regional innovation processes. Using three case studies, we show that regional development studies need to connect geographical proximity with organisational proximity achieved by actions to mobilise resources around a collective project or utilising common institutional routines and values.

Keywords: geographical proximity, organisational proximity, networks, technology diffusion, collective projects, agricultural cooperatives, S&, T strategies

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