Scholars have shown renewed interest in understanding how geography affects inventors and firms, paying increasing attention to its relation to issues such as gender inequality, regional dynamics, intellectual property litigation, and political uncertainty. This symposium aims to extend this conversation by including four empirical studies that explore the following questions: 1) How does geography affect the inventor gender gap (i.e., female vs. male inventor activity)? 2) How do the dynamics of industry clusters (i.e., the patterns of growth or decline) affect the novelty of firm innovation? 3) Why is patent litigation so geographically concentrated across countries? and 4) How does political risk affect firms' decision to locate in the capital city? We expect that this symposium will encourage cross-fertilization of ideas between different literatures in management and between literatures in management and other fields.
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