Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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

No 2017/10: Unrelated knowledge combinations: Unexplored potential for regional industrial path development

Markus Grillitsch (), Bjorn Asheim () and Michaela Trippl ()
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Markus Grillitsch: KEG, Lund University, Postal: Sweden
Bjorn Asheim: University of Stavanger, Postal: Norway
Michaela Trippl: University of Vienna, Postal: Austria

Abstract: The paper engages in a critical discussion of the related variety – regional branching argument and foregrounds a more differentiated perspective on regional industrial path development. It contributes by i) sharpening the definition of key concepts, namely specialisation and diversity, related and unrelated variety, ii) discussing their relevance in local and non-local spaces, iii) scrutinizing related variety as source for regional branching, and iv) developing a conceptual framework capturing the opportunity space for regional structural change that unveils the relevance of path upgrading, path importation, path branching, path diversification, and new path creation as different forms of new path development.

Keywords: industrial path development; economic diversification; regional structural change; specialisation and diversity; related and unrelated variety; knowledge base combinations

JEL-codes: B52; O10; R10; R58

25 pages, July 10, 2017

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