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Relatedness through experience: On the importance of collected worker experiences for plant performance
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3570-7690
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2796-3547
2016 (English)In: Papers in regional science (Print), ISSN 1056-8190, E-ISSN 1435-5957Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

We demonstrate that multiple cognitive dimensions exist between employees in KIBS and that these dimensions interact in their influence on plant performance. Knowledge and cognitive distance are measured as formal knowledge and industry experience. Pooled OLS regressions with year-, industry-, and region-fixed effects are used to estimate the impact on plant performance. The results suggest that the commonly found negative impact of similarity in formal knowledge on plant performance may be reduced by high human capital ratios or high levels of similarity in experience. Moreover, the organizational structures associated with single-plant and multi-plant firms, generate different plant performance outcomes of knowledge variety.

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2016.
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Cognitive proximity, worker experience, human capital, plant performance, KIBS
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Human Geography Economic Geography
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-125690OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-125690DiVA: diva2:971061
Available from: 2016-09-15 Created: 2016-09-15 Last updated: 2016-09-15

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