Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation,
Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

No 385: Innovation and entrepreneurship in the global economy

Charlie Karlsson (), Urban Gråsjö () and Sofia Wixe ()
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Charlie Karlsson: Jönköping International Business School & Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Postal: Jönköping, , Sweden
Urban Gråsjö: University West, Postal: Trollhättan, , Sweden
Sofia Wixe: ¨Jönköping International Business School & Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Postal: Jönköping, , Sweden

Abstract: Much of the discussion about globalization has been held at a rather superficial macro-economic level. Discussions about globalization dealing with the meso- and micro-economic level, i.e. the level of regions and companies, have been much less common. Many of the discussions of globalization at the meso- and micro-economic level have also been biased in the sense that they have only given a partial picture. One obvious example is that discus¬sions of the role of innovation and entrepreneur¬ship have tended to use a narrow definition of entrepreneurship equal to the start-up of new companies and as a result ignored the high degree of innovation and entrepreneurship within many incumbent companies. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the meso- and micro-economic literature on innovation and entrepreneurship in the global economy.

Keywords: Globalization; innovation; entrepreneurship; urban regions

JEL-codes: F60; L26; O30; R10

16 pages, November 26, 2014

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