Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University
Putting Constructed Regional Advantage into Swedish Practice?. The case of the VINNVÄXT initiative 'Food Innovation at Interfaces'
() and Jerker Moodysson
Abstract: This paper presents a study of the pre-history and
evolution of a regional innovation system initiative supporting activities
at the intersection of traditional food production and modern
biotechnology. Drawing on established ideas on the triple helix of
industry, university and government and its impact on innovative capacity
(as they are formulated in the regional innovation systems approach) and
more recently introduced ideas on 'differentiated industrial knowledge
bases', the study illustrates how the VINNVÄXT initiative 'Food Innovation
at Interfaces' has been formulated and implemented in close dialogue with
the actors and activities constituting the system under support. The
initiative is thereby a good example of pro-active and fine-tuned regional
innovation policy which is referred to as 'constructed regional advantage'.
By focusing on a policy initiative targeting the renewal of a mature
industry in a declining phase of its life cycle, the paper fills a gap in
the literature which so far has dealt mostly with emerging industries at
the start of their life cycle. Two detailed cases of food innovation 'at
interfaces' are used to illustrate the arguments.
Keywords: Regional Innovation System; biotechnology; knowledge bases; regional innovation policy; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: O30; O38; (follow links to similar papers)
32 pages, December 1, 2008
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