Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University
Identification of regions with less developed research and innovation systems
(), Björn Asheim
() and Johan Miorner
Abstract: The aim of this working paper is to contribute to the
debate on how to identify regions with less developed research and
innovation systems. We look at both conceptual and empirical approaches
that figure prominently in scholarly work on regional innovation systems.
Based on a critical review and discussion of the literature we shed light
on a large number and variety of barriers and weaknesses that may hamper
regional innovation and industrial change. It is shown in this paper that
the regional innovation system concept can essentially inform the current
debate on the design and implementation of smart specialisation strategies.
It offers rich insights into various dimensions of regional innovation
systems that may be weakly developed and allows for the development of
typologies that capture the heterogeneity of these systems. We also
demonstrate that empirical approaches to identify regions with
less-developed research and innovation systems fall short of taking account
of the conceptual advances made in the recent past.
Keywords: Regional innovation systems; innovation barriers; regional industrial change; smart specialisation strategies; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: O30; O31; O38; R10; R11; R50; (follow links to similar papers)
22 pages, January 2, 2015
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