Reconsidering the dynamics of local knowledge creation: Middlegrounds and local innovation commons in the case of FabLabs

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This contribution investigates the dynamics of knowledge creation at the local level, building, in particular, on the interactions between formal and informal entities. Two theoretical constructions are brought together in order to do so: the middleground concept and the notion of commons. By associating these two concepts, the goal is to introduce a revised perspective on local dynamics of knowledge, which details how informal and formal entities interact with one another in order to drive local ideation processes and how these processes are structured in order to generate innovative outputs. The case of FabLabs is drawn upon in order to illustrate how the middleground and commons concepts can be mobilized to describe and better understand these local dynamics of knowledge creation.

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Cohendet, P., Grandadam, D., & Suire, R. (2021). Reconsidering the dynamics of local knowledge creation: Middlegrounds and local innovation commons in the case of FabLabs. Zeitschrift Fur Wirtschaftsgeographie, 65(1), 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1515/zfw-2020-0042

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