Cross-border knowledge transfer and innovation in the European neighbourhood: Tourism cooperation at the Finnish-Russian border

Teemu Makkonen, Allan Williams, Adi Weidenfeld, Virpi Kaisto

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Knowledge transfer and innovation cooperation between the EU and its neighbours has remained weakly developed. To promote this cooperation, the EU has set up initiatives for the European neighbourhood. The issue has, however, received very limited scholarly attention in the field of tourism. This research gap is addressed here via interview data collected from participants in tourism related EUfunded projects in the Finnish-Russian cross-border region. These underline the importance of EU-funding in facilitating knowledge transfer and innovation between Finland and Russia. While language issues, and differences in business culture and administrative/legislative systems between the two countries, constitute barriers for practical cross-border cooperation, it is cross-border differences in culture and technological capabilities that drive cross-border knowledge transfer and innovation in the cross-border region. The paper concludes with policy recommendations for promoting future cross-border cooperation in innovation and tourism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-151
Number of pages22
JournalTourism Management
Early online date15 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Tourism Management. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Tourism Management, [68, (2018)] DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2018.03.008

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  • Cross-border region
  • European neighbourhood
  • Finland
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Russia
  • Tourism


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