Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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

No 2013/46: Multiple Paths of Development: Knowledge Bases and Institutional Characteristics of the Swedish Food Sector

Elena Zukauskaite () and Jerker Moodysson ()
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Elena Zukauskaite: CIRCLE, Lund University, Postal: CIRCLE, Lund University, PO Box 117, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden
Jerker Moodysson: CIRCLE, Lund University, Postal: CIRCLE, Lund University, PO Box 117, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to explain the complex development of the food sector in Southern Sweden in the past decades, focusing on the relation between institutions and innovation practices and taking into account the diversity of actors composing the sector. The paper develops a theoretical framework combining concepts of path dependency and knowledge bases, and applies it empirically. The three paths identified in the paper resemble path development via radical change, incremental change and diversification.

Keywords: Food sector; Innovation; Sweden; Institutions; Knowledge base

JEL-codes: B52; O31; R11

31 pages, December 20, 2013

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