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Roger Martin

Rotman School
University of Toronto

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January 2005Jurisdictional Advantage
with Maryann Feldman
in Innovation Policy and the Economy, Volume 5, Adam B. Jaffe, Josh Lerner and Scott Stern, editors
October 2004Jurisdictional Advantage
with Maryann Feldman: w10802
Our objective in this paper is to define jurisdictional advantage, the recognition that location is critical to firms' innovative success and that every location has unique assets that are not easily replicated. The purpose is to be normative and policy oriented. Drawing from the well-developed literature on corporate strategy, we consider analogies to cities in their search for competitive advantage. In contrast to the more passive term locational advantage, our use of the term jurisdiction denotes geographically-defined legal and political decision-making authority and coordination. Thus, jurisdictions may be constructed and managed to promote a coherent activity set. We review recent advances in our understanding of patterns of urban specialization and the composition of activitie...

Published: Feldman, Maryann and Roger Martin. "Constructing Jurisdictional Advantage," Research Policy, 2005, v34(8,Oct), 1235-1249.

 
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