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No 2013/32:
Do Regions Make a Difference? Regional Innovation Systems and Global Innovation Networks in the ICT Industry

Cristina Chaminade () and Monica Plechero ()

Abstract: Abstract Access to global innovation networks (GINs) has been unequal across the regions of the world. While certain regions are considered knowledge hubs in GINs, others still remain marginalized; this points to the role of regional innovation systems in the emergence and development of GINs. Using firm-level data collected through a survey and case studies in 2009–2010, this article systematically compares the patterns of global networks in the ICT industry in a selection of European, Chinese and Indian regions. The results show that GINs are more common in regions which are not organizationally and institutionally thick, suggesting that GINs may be a compensatory mechanism for weaknesses in the regional innovation system.

Keywords: globalization; innovation networks; regions; Europe; India; China; (follow links to similar papers)

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

35 pages, November 25, 2013

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