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CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University

No 2010/14:
Regional Innovation Policy beyond ‘Best Practice’: Lessons from Sweden

Roman Martin (), Jerker Moodysson () and Elena Zukauskaite ()

Abstract: This paper deals with policy measures in the regional innovation system of Scania, Southern Sweden. Focus is dedicated to requirements on innovation policy from actors representing different industries. Previous studies have identified profound differences with regard the organization of knowledge sourcing between firms and other actors in industries drawing on different knowledge bases. In correspondence with these findings, industries differ also with regard to how policy measures aiming to support innovation are perceived and acquired. Despite this, there is a tendency among regional policy programs to base their strategies on one ‘best practice’-model, inspired by successful (or sometimes less successful) cases in other parts of the world. The paper presents an in-depth analysis of such policy support targeting three industries located in one region, and ends with a suggestion to how those should be adapted to render influence on the institutional framework of the regional innovation system.

Keywords: innovation policy; regional innovation systems; knowledge bases; Sweden; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: O30; O38; (follow links to similar papers)

24 pages, November 1, 2010

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